Adam Lifshey’s Subversions of the American Century: Filipino Literature in Spanish and the Transpacific Transformation of the United States assembles a literary tradition that has escaped sustained critical attention in Philippine studies, Hispanic studies, and American studies: Filipino literature in Spanish. By focusing on Spanish literature written in the Philippines under US colonial rule in the early twentieth century, the author makes this peripheral body of texts central to literary studies, thus issuing a historiographical challenge to the ways that the late nineteenth-century nationalist “Propaganda Movement” adumbrates most understandings of the Philippine Hispanic. Lifshey’s focus on Spanish Filipino literature produced in response to American transpacific...

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