Figures of the Unassimilable:American Empire, Filipino American Postcoloniality, and the U.S.-Philippine War of 1898-1910s

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Figures of the Unassimilable:American Empire, Filipino American Postcoloniality, and the U.S.-Philippine War of 1898-1910s
Contributors
Oscar, Campomanes Vinluan (creator)
Lee, Robert (Director)
Smulyan, Susan (Reader)
Rodriguez, Ralph (Reader)
Brown University. American Civilization (sponsor)
Copyright Date
2011
Abstract
The U.S.-Philippines War of 1898-1910s is strangely placed and displaced in the history of twentieth-century colonial wars, and in U.S./Philippine historiographies and area studies. Foundational to American empire-building, it has nonetheless been generally construed, until recent and renewed interest in it, as a minor event by modern American historians and American studies scholars. Although leading to the neocolonization of the Philippines and one of its attendant consequences, the formation of a Filipino American (and now global) diaspora, this war fared poorly for the most part--again, until the emergent and redoubled attention paid to it by a number of transdisciplinary projects--in the related fields of international postcolonial studies and U.S. ethnic studies as well. Figures of the Unassimilable basically considers and examines the war less as a military-historical event than as the occasion of a radical shift from a discourse of U.S. Sovereignty and Right to a practice of "permanent war" beyond its period of occurrence. "War" becomes a catalytic model for examining and understanding a number of interrelated formations ensuing in its wake: American neocolonial governance in the Philippines and globally, and the modern formation, as well as transnational displacements, of Filipinos and Filipino Americans. Through a series of discrete historical and postcontemporary Filipino/American case studies developed in separate chapters, this study partially but indicatively explores the significant implications and consequences of this shift for our understanding of Filipino-American subject-constitution, historically, and in recent post-identity politics; American empire-formation from the time of the historical war to the present; and the problematic of historiographic and sociopolitical in/visibility that surrounds both.
Keywords
empire
postcolonial critique
war
Imperialism
Filipino Americans
Nationalism
Notes
Thesis (Ph.D. -- Brown University (2011)
Extent
xiii, 277 p.

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Oscar, Campomanes Vinluan, "Figures of the Unassimilable:American Empire, Filipino American Postcoloniality, and the U.S.-Philippine War of 1898-1910s" (2011). American Studies Theses and Dissertations. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library. https://repository.library.brown.edu/studio/item/bdr:11263/

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