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"In this rich compendium, Vicente L. Rafael continues to teach us how to think about the long, unpredictable afterlives of empire—their entangled, translingual socioscapes, their webs of attraction, their insurgent, untameable energies. His pages are populated by intellects of remarkable imagination and insight, including, above all, his own." — Mary Louise Pratt, author of Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation
"Motherless Tongues presents the most compelling and deft analyses of the role of translation in the contexts of revolution, revolt, war, and empire in the Philippines and the United States. No work of this kind brings the Philippines and the United States together with its singular attention to the politics of translation, or with the kind of deep linguistic and cultural fluency that Vicente L. Rafael possesses. A significant figure in translation studies, Rafael is positioned to open new pathways to thinking about what translation brings to light in the contemporary moment." — Neferti X. M. Tadiar, author of Things Fall Away: Philippine Historical Experience and the Makings of Globalization
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