The Remains of Empire and the “Purloined” Philippines: Jessica Hagedorn’s Dream Jungle
- Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature
- Mosaic, an interdisciplinary critical journal
- Volume 45, Number 3, September 2012
- pp. 49-64
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This essay examines Dream Jungle’s intervention into the imaginary configuration of the Philippines. Lacan’s elaboration on “purloin” prompts a reading of the Philippines as not simply “stolen” by imperialism but “prolonged”—via Hagedorn’s fictional creativity—into a community evolving through imperial intrusions, translocal displacements, and encounters.