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Writer in Exile/Writer in Revolt

Critical Perspectives on Carlos Bulosan

Edited by Jeffrey Arellano Cabusao

Writer in Exile/Writer in Revolt: Critical Perspectives on Carlos Bulosan gathers pioneering essays by major scholars in Filipino American Studies, American Studies, and Philippine Studies as well as historic documents on Carlos Bulosan’s work and life for the first time. This anthology—which includes rare, out-of-print documents—provides students, instructors, and scholars an opportunity to trace the development of a body of knowledge called Bulosan criticism within the United States and the Philippines. Divided into four major sections that explore Bulosan’s prolific literary output (novels, poems, short stories, essays, letters, and editorial work), the anthology opens with an introduction to the early stages of Bulosan criticism (1950s-1970s) and ends with recent work by senior scholars in Asian American Studies that suggests new directions for engaging multiple dimensions of Bulosan’s twin commitment to art and social change. « less more »
University Press of America
Pages: 378Size: 6 x 9
978-0-7618-6767-8 • Paperback • July 2016 • $40.99 • (£27.95)
978-0-7618-6768-5 • eBook • July 2016 • $40.99 • (£27.95)
JEFFREY ARELLANO CABUSAO is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at Bryant University (Smithfield, Rhode Island). He received a 2011 Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). His teaching and research focus on U.S. Ethnic Studies (specifically comparative approaches to Asian American and African American Studies), Cultural Studies (literary and cultural theory, critical pedagogies), and Women’s Studies (feminist movement and social change).
Part I. Bulosan’s Voice: Listening to the
Manong Generation

  1. Bulosan Now (1958)
Alvaro Cardona-Hine
  1. Carlos Bulosan: Gentle Genius (1957)
Dolores Stephens Feria
  1. The Achievement of Carlos Bulosan (1979)
E. San Juan, Jr.
Part II. Location of Exile: Creating an Alter/native Filipino Literary Practice

  1. Filipino Writers in Exile (1963)
Dolores Stephens Feria
  1. Understanding the Dynamics of Third World Writing in America Is in the Heart (1988)
Margarita R. Orendain
  1. Subversion or Affirmation: The Text and Subtext of America Is in the Heart (1991)
Marilyn Alquizola
  1. Satire in The Laughter of My Father (1986)
Delfin Tolentino, Jr.
  1. The Laughter of My Father: A Survival Kit (1995)
L.M. Grow
  1. The Laughter of My Father: Adding Feminist and Class Perspectives to the “Casebook of Resistance” (2011)
Marilyn Alquizola and Lane Ryo Hirabayashi
Part III. Writer as Worker: Broadening the Bulosan Canon

  1. Carlos Bulosan: The Poetics and the Necessity of Revolution (1969)
E. San Juan, Jr.
  1. Bulosan as a Third World Poet (1985)
Susan Evangelista
  1. Two Letters from America: Carlos Bulosan and the Act of Writing (1988)
Oscar V. Campomanes and Todd S. Gernes
  1. Bulosan’s Power, Bulosan’s People (1991)
Dolores Stephens Feria
  1. A Proletarian Book of Laughter and Remembering: The Cry and the Dedication and the Inter/National Class Struggle (2016)
Tim Libretti
Part IV. Collective Memory and Revolt: Becoming Filipino – Becoming Free

  1. Remembering Carlos: An Interview with Josephine Patrick (1989)
Odette Taverna
  1. Identity and Humanity in the Age of Corporate Globalization: A Review Essay (2004)
Kenneth E. Bauzon
  1. Filipino American Hip Hop and Class Consciousness: Renewing the Spirit of Carlos Bulosan (2006)
Michael Viola
  1. The Bulosan Files: Another Layer in an Ongoing Dialogue (2016)
Marilyn Alquizola, Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, and Jeffrey Arellano Cabusao
  1. Carlos Bulosan: Critique and Revolution (2008)
E. San Juan, Jr.
  1. American Dream: The Habitable Land (2016)
Melba Abela
This remarkable anthology introduces Carlos Bulosan to 21st readers, and bares the need to remember the history of one’s country as a way to know who you are as a person. Thanks to Jeffrey Arellano Cabusao, associate professor at Bryant University, for editing this volume that serves both as a primer of the work done by and about Bulosan within a span of nearly fifty years, and a prospectus for projects that an interested student, critic, and cultural historian undertakes. . . .The anthology is a repository of the collective memory of Bulosan, whose struggles mirror the plight of the Filipino people fighting tyranny and enduring the hardships of a capitalist system that enslaves them.

The literature and labor of Carlos Bulosan have found a provocative new home in Writer in Exile/Writer in Revolt edited by Jeffrey Arellano Cabusao. This 21st-century gathering of scholars, critics, and artists from the U.S. and the Philippines brings together incisive voices which span over sixty years of thought around Bulosan’s transpacific commitment to art and social change. Deftly organized and thoughtful, this book will inspire artists and activists who seek to understand the tenuous strands of the social, political, and literary imaginations of artists such as Bulosan who straddle two centuries and two continents. Writer in Exile/Writer in Revolt is a rich, scholarly work that provides a contemporary context for re-imagining Carlos Bulosan, one of America’s most iconic and revolutionary writers and thinkers.
Russell C. Leong, former editor, Amerasia Journal, University of California, Los Angeles (1977-2010)

This valuable anthology defines the legacy of Carlos Bulosan in terms of his intersecting roles as migrant worker, activist, and writer – roles that informed his sense of historical responsibility to speak out against injustices facing fellow Filipino workers, immigrants, and all oppressed people and to articulate their vision for a new society. In the world today, Bulosan’s enduring legacy connects to all concerned with social justice.
Glenn Omatsu, editor, community activist, writer, and educator, California State University, Northridge.