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Orientalists, Propagandists, and Ilustrados: Filipino Scholarship and the End of Spanish Colonialism

Megan C. Thomas


The writings of a small group of scholars known as the ilustrados are often credited for providing intellectual grounding for the Philippine Revolution of 1896. This book shows that the ilustrados’ anticolonial project of defining and constructing the “Filipino”-involved Orientalist and racialist discourses that are usually ascribed to colonial projects, not anticolonial ones. According to the text, the work of the ilustrados uncovers the surprisingly blurry boundary between nationalist and colonialist thought. By any measure, there was an extraordinary flowering of scholarly writing about the ... More

Keywords: ilustrados, Philippine Revolution, Filipino, Orientalist discourses, racialist discourses, colonial projects, José Rizal, Pardo de Tavera, Isabelo de los Reyes, Pedro Paterno

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780816671908
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816671908.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Megan C. Thomas, author