Elites and Ilustrados in Philippine Culture
Caroline S. Hau's book examines how Filipino literature has intervened in the intellectual and popular debates on the historical origins, ascendancy, power, and legitimacy of the elites. Writers like Jose Rizal, Nick Joaquin, Ninotchka Rosca, Miguel Syjuco, and Ramon Guillermo are unsparing in their criticism of the elite authorship of the Philippines' past and present woes while seeking to recuperate the critical stance represented by the ilustrado. This book highlights the "middle sector" or "middle element" in Manila and other urban areas, whose emergence as social forces points to the ongoing redefinition of the elites and the transformations of Philippine society, politics, and economy.
Ateneo de Manila University Press, Philippines
Softcover / 9 x 6 inches / 398 pages / BW