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Legitimizing Empire: Filipino American and U.S. Puerto Rican Cultural Critique

Faye Caronan


When the United States acquired the Philippines and Puerto Rico, it reconciled its status as an empire with its anticolonial roots by claiming that it would altruistically establish democratic institutions in its new colonies. Ever since, Filipino and Puerto Rican artists have challenged promises of benevolent assimilation and portray U.S. imperialism as both self-interested and unexceptional among empires. This book interprets the pivotal engagement of novels, films, performance poetry, and other cultural productions as both symptoms of and resistance against American military, social, econom ... More

Keywords: neocolonial power, Philippines, Puerto Rico, exceptionalism, imperialism, benevolent assimilation, cultural production, resistance, performance poetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039256
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039256.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Faye Caronan, author
University of Colorado Denver