The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things.
“Phạm Quỳnh, borrowed language, and the ambivalences of colonial discourse”
A forthcoming contribution to the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, this essay looks at colonial discourse through the Homi Bhabha’s idea of colonial ambivalence and reexamines the work and life of polemic historical figure Phạm Quỳnh.