Acquiring Eyes : Philippine Visuality, Nationalist Struggle, and the World-Media System

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  • Copyright: 2008-01-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Hawaii Pr

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Acquiring Eyes directs incisive but at the same time admiring attention to H. R. Ocampo, Lino Brocka, Ishmael Bernal, and Emmanuel Garibay┬┐four masters, the original and complex visuality of whose genre-specific efforts to parlay Philippine social dynamics into visual practices of engagement, struggle, and transcendence have produced for each of them a much-deserved and committed local following.

Author Biography

Jonathan Beller is Associate Professor of English and Humanities and Critical Visual Studies at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Visual Transformations in Philippine Modernity: Notes toward an Investigation of the World-Media Systemp. 1
Neorealism: Stymied Realism: Emergence of Visuality, Cinematization of Materiality, and Appearance of Abstraction in the Context of U.S. Imperialism (1928-1972)p. 31
Nationalism's Molten Prayers: Scenes and Spaces of Philippine-American Relations in the Writings of National Artist Hernando R. Ocampop. 45
From Social Realism to the Spectre of Abstraction: Conceptualizing the Visual Practices of H.R. Ocampop. 81
Socialist Realism: The Violation of the Real: Socialist Realism and Its Dis-contents (1972-1986)p. 117
Directing the Real: Orapronobis against Philippine Totalitarianism (2000)p. 133
Third Cinema in a Global Frame: Curacha, Yahoo! And Manila by Nightp. 163
Syncretic Realism (Realism As Mediation): Materialist Spirituality and the Politics of Affect (1986-)p. 199
Kristology and Radical Communion: The Works of Emmanuel Garibayp. 205
Seeing through the Revolution: Visuality, Intersubjectivity, and Urban Experiencep. 239
Conclusion, or What Now?p. 260
Appendixp. 268
Notesp. 273
Indexp. 312
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