KAHULUI, Maui --Attorney Lance D. Collins, a regular commentator on Philippine politics and culture in this newspaper, earned his Ph.D. from the
continuing a full time private practice on
Collins' dissertation explored the appearance of particular modern
social identities in independent Philippine cinema as symbols of coming
social and political transformation and renewal in Philippine life. The
study analyzed the symbolism constellated in the work of Joel Lamangan
and others utilizing traditional Philippine folktales through a
classical Jungian approach with particular attention to the struggle of
the shadow and renewal of collective consciousness.
His approach to the symbolic analysis of film reclaims classical Jungian
thought as an alternative approach to film from the dominant approaches
prevalent in film studies. His work also challenges the range of inquiry
in Philippine studies for gender and sexuality.