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Dean Worcester's Fantasy Islands: Photography, Film, And The Colonial Philippines
Dean Worcester's Fantasy Islands: Photography, Film, And The Colonial Philippines
Category Culture
Publisher Ateneo Press
Author Mark Rice
Pages 270 pp.
Dimension 6 x 9 inches
Copyright 2015
Price US$ 33.95
  Bookpaper ISBN9715507103

Dean Worcester’s Fantasy Islands, the product of intensive archival research, is a narrative account of one of the most significant figures in the early years of U.S. colonialism in the Philippines. Worcester, who served as secretary of the interior in the Philippines from 1901 to 1913, was also a prolific photographer. Over the course of his career he amassed an archive of more than ten thousand photographs, some that he took himself and others that were taken by government photographers who worked for him. The book reveals how Worcester used his photographs and the motion pictures he made to present to American audiences an image of the Philippines as a wild land requiring long-term control by the United States.

“Mark Rice has done a remarkable job in tracing the history of Worcester’s photographic project, and the final disposition of his output. He draws on a wide range of scholarly literature and has done extensive work to locate primary sources—both Worcester’s papers and archives and collections of photographs and film. Several misinterpretations of some of Worcester’s works have been perpetuated in the literature for decades—by going to the primary sources, Rice has corrected these and presented persuasive new interpretations that make the contrived nature of Worcester’s efforts even more visible”
—Carla M. Sinopoli, University of Michigan

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