Contracting Colonialism: Translation and Christian Conversion in Tagalog Society Under Early Spanish Rule / Edition 1

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Overview

In an innovative mix of history, anthropology, and post-colonial theory, Vicente L. Rafael examines the role of language in the religious conversion of the Tagalogs to Catholicism and their subsequent colonization during the early period (1580–1705) of Spanish rule in the Philippines. By tracing this history of communication between Spaniards and Tagalogs, Rafael maps the conditions that made possible both the emergence of a colonial regime and resistance to it. Originally published in 1988, this new paperback edition contains an updated preface that places the book in theoretical relation to other recent works in cultural studies and comparative colonialism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822313410
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Edition description: 1st pbk. ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 230
  • Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Vicente L. Rafael is Professor of History at the University of Washington. He is the author of The Promise of the Foreign: Nationalism and the Technics of Translation in the Spanish Philippines and White Love and Other Events in Filipino History, both also published by Duke University Press.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Preface (1988)
Introduction: Fishing Out the Past 1
1 The Politics of Translation 23
Language and Empire 23
Dominating the Vernacular 26
The "Failure" of Native Writing 39
2 Tomas Pinpin and the Shock of Castilian 55
Syncopating Language 55
Counting and the Evasion of Grammar 66
Gambling on Castilian 71
3 Conversion and the Demands of Confession 84
The "Inadequacies" of Tagalog Conversion 84
Reducing Native Bodies 87
Confession and the Logic of Conversion 91
4 Untranslatability and the Terms of Reciprocity 110
Rereading Christianity 110
The Imperative of Indebtedness: Utang na Loob and Hiya 121
5 Translating Submission 136
Person and Status in Precolonial Society 137
The Reach of Imperial Patronage 146
Conversion and the Ideology of Submission 154
6 Paradise and the Reinvention of Death 167
Generalizing Servitude 167
Visualizing the "Outside" 169
Spirits and the Appeal of Christianity 185
Desiring a Beautiful Death 196
Afterword: Translation and the Colonial Legacy 210
Bibliography 220
Index 227
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