Why Counting Counts: A Study Of Forms Of Consciousness And Problems Of Language In Noli Me Tangere And El Filibusterismo
|Author||Benedict R. O'G. Anderson|
|Dimension||6 x 9|
This book examines Jose Rizalís great novels, Noli me tangere and El Filibusterismo, through a hitherto untried quantitative analysis of the scope ands evolution of their political and social vocabulary, as well as their use of Tagalog and the lengua de Parian. Special attention is given to which characters (including the Narrator) use these terms and languages, and with what frequency. The study aims to throw new light on Rizalís changing political consciousness and use of his native language. The most important questions raised are: the shifting nature of Rizalís intended readership; the geographical location of the birth of a Filipino identity in the modern sense; the odd concealment of the Chinese mestizos combined with a growing hostility to the Chinese as an alien race; the level and ambit of the authorís political sophistication; and the complicated relationship between the colonial-international aspects of Spanish, the ethnic-nationalist claims if Tagalog and the emergence of a democratic cross-class lingua franca, especially in Manila.
Benedict R. OíG. Anderson is Aaron L. Binenkorb Professor of International Studies, Emeritus, of Cornell University. A specialist on Southeast Asia, his works include Java in a Time of Revolution; In the Mirror: Literature and Politics in Siam in the American Era; Language and Power: Exploring Indonesian Political Cultures; Imagined Communities; Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism; The Spectre of Comparisons: Nationalism, Southeast Asia, and the World; and Under Three Flags: Anarchism and the Anticolonial Imagination.
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