Love, Passion and Patriotism
Sexuality and the Philippine Propaganda Movement, 1882-1892
Raquel A. G. Reyes
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Love, Passion and Patriotism is an intimate account of the lives and experiences of a renowned group of young Filipino patriots, the men whose propaganda campaign was a catalyst for the country's revolt against Spain.
- Published: 2008
- Subject Listing: Asian Studies, Cultural Studies
- Bibliographic information: 336 pp., 27 illus., 6 x 9 in.
- Territorial rights: North America Only
- Series: Critical Dialogues in Southeast Asian Studies
José Rizal, Marcelo H. del Pilar, Graciano López Jaena, and the brothers Juan and Antonio Luna were talented writers, artists, and scientists who resided in Europe during the 1880s and 1890s. As expatriates they were free from the social constraints of their own society and eager to explore all that Europe had to offer. Their studies exposed them to scientific discourse on the body and new categorizations of pathology and disease, knowledge which they used to challenge the religious obscurantism and folk superstition they saw in their country.
Their experience of modern life in Europe also radically reshaped their ideas of sex and the sexual nature of Filipino women. Raquel A. G. Reyes uses the paintings, photographs, political writings, novels, and letters of the propagandistas to show the moral contradictions inherent in their passionate patriotism and their struggle to come to terms with the relative sexual freedom of European women, which they found both alluring and sordid. Provoked by racism and allegations of effeminacy and childishness, they displayed their manliness and urbanity through fashionable European dress, careful grooming and deportment, and demonstrated their courage and virility through fencing, pistol-shooting, and dueling.
Raquel A. G. Reyes is a British Academy post-doctoral research fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of London.
List of Illustrations
1. The Sensual Scene: Love and Courtship in Urbane Manila
2. Encountering La Parisienne: Juan Luna and the Challenge of Modern Femininity
3. Antonio Luna's Impresiones: The Anatomy of Amor Propio
4. Friar Immorality and Female Religiousity in the Ilustrado Imagination
5. Pathological Visions: Rizal, Female Sexuality and the Sickness of Society
6. Silencing the Flesh: Rizal's Erasure of Female Sexual Pleasure