What the Planetary Filipino Should Know: San Juan Versus Almario
An assessment of the debate between E. San Juan Jr. and Virgilio S. Almario, the essay inquires into what it calls the planetary unconscious of Filipino literary production. The essay is divided into two parts. The first part explains the historical context that informs the San Juan-Almario debate. The second part focuses on the planetary implications of their exchange. The essay argues that Filipino literature should be viewed from a more planetary perspective. Moreover, it suggests that the example of Filipino literature has much to contribute to the reinvention of world literature as a practice and concept, one that provides a counterpoint to the field’s Goethean origins.