[Blueboard] Lecture: Amorsolo and Colonial Literature (1909-1946): Text as Containment
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Thu Nov 13 16:02:07 PHT 2008
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The School of Humanities
invites you to the 2nd lecture of the
Fernando Amorsolo Lecture Series
Amorsolo and Colonial Literature (1909-1946):Text as Containment
a lecture by Soledad S. Reyes, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
November 17, 2008, Monday
4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Natividad Galang Fajardo Conference Room
G/F De la Costa Hall, Ateneo de Manila University
Unarguably a national icon, Fernando Cueto Amorsolo is a powerful
presence in the nation's life, not an ethereal presence in some air-
conditioned vaults or imposing museums. His works are not, and have
not been, only for the delectation of collectors and art connoisseurs
in the Philippines and abroad. From the beginning of his career in
the 1900's, his numerous texts have constituted a varied and
substantial body of works that manifested their deep grounding in the
ordinary experiences of millions of Filipinos. As importantly, he
shaped these experiences in genres that generations of
comprehend and empathize with.
The paper's main objective is to establish the connection between
Amorsolo and his contemporaries -- Lope K. Santos, Inigo Ed.
and Severino Reyes -- with whom he worked as an illustrator between
1909 and the 1920s, and to contextualize their works against the
nation's history as a colony of the United States. The paper will
also examine some similarities between the art of Amorsolo and the
fiction of Macario Pineda, both of whom excelled in depicting ideal
characters in bucolic settings, to illustrate the need to reevaluate
the critical norms used in judging their works by taking into account
the socio-political contexts of their emergence.
The Fernando Amorsolo Lecture Series links up
the Ateneo de Manila University, specifically the School of Humanities,
with nationwide efforts to mount a large-scale Amorsolo Retrospective.
The Amorsolo Retrospective is an avenue towards reinvigorating the Filipino
culture and values among the general public,
through a four-month, multi-venue exhibition of the finest works
and masterpieces of the first Filipino National Artist Fernando C. Amorsolo.
MA. LUZ C. VILCHES, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Humanities
Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights 1108, Quezon City, Philippines
Telephone (632) 4266001, Ext. 5300, 5301
Telephone & Fax (632)4261042
"Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all."
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