A Year of Clouds: Storm and Cloud Tropes between the Manila Observatory and the Katipunan, 1896–1897

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Abstract

As the ilustrados were waxing poetic about the atmosphere in the nineteenth century, less known perhaps is the fact that the first International Cloud Atlas was being written the same year the revolution was about to publicly erupt, and the Manila Observatory had been specially asked to participate in what was being called The International Year of the Cloud. Literary romantic figurations in the Philippines existed alongside the rise of nephology and meteorology as disciplines, which were also gaining traction in many places around the world. And this intersection—of global science with local events, of the literary and the literal—is worth exploring if only for the mapping of connections that exist between all these elements, no matter how diffuse these connections might initially seem to be. Giving an account of the diversity of public articulations that make up the Philippine monsoon assemblage of the fin de siècle might serve to give a clearer picture of the complexity of historical atmospheric discourse, and also consequently, shed some light regarding the intricacies of our own present concerns regarding the climate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-379
Number of pages35
JournalPhilippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints
Volume71
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023
Externally publishedYes

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