“Total Midnight All Over the Land Escaping Minute by Minute into the Small Hours” Historiography and Baroque Poetics in Nick Joaquin’s A Question of Heroes

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Nick Joaquin’s A Question of Heroes (1977; 2005) concludes with a long sentence that renders, in a manner that unfolds, his view of the 150-year period he covers in his book. The sentence, whose structure follows the natural progression of the day, is emblematic of Joaquin’s baroque historiography. By engaging with scholarship on Joaquin’s historical writing as well as with research on baroque aesthetics, I argue that Joaquin’s long sentence is an index of his temporal capaciousness, which from a baroque perspective, signals on the one hand recuperation and resistance, and artifice and deformation on the other.