Tolentino to lecture on horror series and ‘specter of nation formation’ at UP Diliman

The College of Mass Communications (UP-CMC) of the University of the Philippines-Diliman presents Dr. Roland B. Tolentino’s “Research Brownbag Series” lecture on a popular horror movie franchise and the “specter of nation formation”, on Feb. 21, 2013, 4:30 pm at the PhilStar 1, UP CMC.

Titled “Shake, Rattle and Roll Horror Franchise and the Specter of Nation-Formation in the Philippines,” the lecture “looks into the most successful horror franchise in Philippine history. Shake, Rattle and Roll has had a successful 14-film run since its introduction in 1984, and is composed of a three-part segment, each tackling a horrific experience: ghosts and folk creatures in provincial and city settings.”

The abstract reads: “My paper maps out the narratives, and the social and political contexts of the series.  Specifically, the period beginning 1984 marks a series of national transition: political crisis of the Marcoses, People Power 1, rise of Corazon Aquino, economic crisis in 1997 and 2007, ousting of Joseph Estrada, rise of neoliberalism, coming of Noynoy Aquino, and the incarceration of Gloria Arroyo. How might these films also be read as analog of the anxieties of the nation?”

Tolentino is dean of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication and faculty of the UP Film Institute.  He has taught at the Osaka University and National University of Singapore, has been Distinguished Visitor of the UC-Berkeley and UCLA Southeast Asian Studies Consortium, and was recipient of the Obermann Summer Research Fellowship.

His research interests include Philippine literature, popular culture, cinema and media, interfacing national and transnational issues.  He is recipient of the UP Artist 2 Productivity Award, UP Centennial Professorial Chair, National Book Award (Manila Critics Circle), and Writer’s Prize (National Commission for Culture and the Arts).  He writes fiction and creative non-fiction, and is a fellow of the UP Institute of Creative Writing.  He is a member of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (Filipino Film Critics Group) and chairs the Congress of Teachers and Educators for Nationalism and Democracy (CONTEND-UP).

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