Edel E. Garcellano, in First Person, Plural (1987), uses the generic terms “essay” and “reportage” to refer to a particular mode and method of critical writing and thinking which is usually reserved for the term Critique. In his book, Critique underpins the breadth and depth of his socially committed critical reading strategies: ideological deconstruction, textual subversion, thematic reflection, filmic incursion, and praxiological knowledge toward purposive intervention. An award-winning writer, critic, and activist, Garcellano, who died in April 2020, taught at the University of the Philippines and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. He had been a major influence among his university students who now, in turn, have influenced their own students in the country and abroad. His blog, The Works of Edel Garcellano, continues to be read avidly by his former students, colleagues, friends and fellow travelers. It is to his memory that this special section of Kritika Kultura is dedicated for a life lived in the spirit of Critique.


Critique, discourse, Garcellano, literary theory, Philippine literary criticism

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