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transcendental power is folded into the immanent plane of

everyday life, creating emotions such as shame, fear, and

betrayal in the subjects’ “intimate” encounters with

colonizers and totalitarian regimes. These emotions are both

the result of the characters’ affective responses to the

pressure of the historical present, and also the affect that

catalyzes their becoming otherwise. By means of scrutinizing

the formation of affective subjects in the complex colonial

histories of the Philippines, as revealed in

State of War

, the

paper aims to explore an alternative means of inheriting the

past and to reconfigure a postcolonial historiography based

upon an affective epistemology.

Key Words:

State of War,

affect, shame, fear, betrayal