Salungat: A Soledad S. Reyes Reader

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Salungat: A Soledad S. Reyes Reader
Edited by David Jonathan Y. Bayot

Soledad S. Reyes is one of the most important and prolific critics writing today. Through her counter-presence as a Philippine critic, she has provided a sustained critical intervention in the scholarship on Philippine studies, specifically in the areas of critical practice, Tagalog novels, women’s literary production, and popular culture.

Salungat: A Soledad S. Reyes Reader presents a wide-ranging selection of essays that are representative of Reyes’s provocative and significant engagement—against the grain— with Philippine literary and cultural studies for more than thirty years. An introduction by the editor, David Bayot, outlines Reyes’s critical development and the essential configuration of her kritika. This book will prove to be an indispensable resource for scholars and seekers inhabiting and transacting in the inter-discursive fields of Philippine post-colonial, women’s, and cultural studies.


Beyond any reasonable doubt, Soledad S. Reyes is one of the greatest literary critics of our time.

Isagani R. Cruz, Professor Emeritus, De La Salle University


The nation will be most grateful for Reyes’s bringing to contemporary consciousness the voices of Macario Pineda, Lina Flor, Rosario de Guzman-Lingat and others who would otherwise be buried by our preoccupation with the foreign and the forgetting of our native soul. . . . and for her deep influence on the minds and hearts of generations of Ateneans through her teaching, her scholarship, her passion for the poor, and through her own person and journey.

Bienvenido F. Nebres, S.J., Former President, Ateneo de Manila University


Soledad S. Reyes is Professor Emeritus of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Ateneo de Manila University. Her books include Ang Nobelang Tagalog, 1905-75: Tradisyon at Modernismo (1982); The Romance Mode in Philippine Popular Literature and Other Essays (1991); Kritisismo: Mga Teorya at Antolohiya Para sa Epektibong Pagtuturo ng Panitikan (1992); Pagbasa ng Panitikan at Kulturang Popular: Piling Sanaysay, 1976-1999 (1997); Teller of Tales, Singers of Songs (2001); Rosario de Guzman Lingat, 1924-1997: The Burden of Self and History (2003); A Dark Tinge to the World: Selected Essays 1987-2005 (2005); and From Darna to Zsazsa Zaturnnah: Desire and Fantasy (2009). Landmark anthologies which she edited include Reading Popular Culture (1990); Katha (1992); Ang Silid na Mahiwaga: Kalipunan ng Kuwento’t Tula ng mga Babaeng Manunulat (1994); ALIW! Mga Sanaysay sa Kulturang Popular (2000); and Lina Flor: Collected Works (2000).


About the Editor

David Jonathan Y. Bayot is Associate Professor of Literature at De La Salle University and Executive Publisher of the De La Salle University Publishing House. He is the author of Isagani R. Cruz and the Other Other (1996); the editor of The Alfredo E. Litiatco Lectures of Isagani R. Cruz (1996), Bukod na Bukod (2003), The Other Other (2010), and Inter/Sections (2010); and the co-editor of Reading Bienvenido N. Santos (1994) and Reading Cirilo F Bautista (1995).

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