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Author Sulit, Marie-Therese C
Title Hunger for home: Contemporary women writers of the Philippines imagining community in the diaspora
book jacket
Descript 250 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 68-08, Section: A, page: 3397
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Minnesota, 2007
"Hunger for Home: The Filipina and Filipina American Writer Imagining Community in the Diaspora," a comparative and interdisciplinary project, offers a study of contemporary women's writings of the Philippine diaspora through the conceptual framework of allegory and the trope of hunger. Allegory acts as the framing device and a mode of reading to explore the intersections between the histories of the U.S. and the Philippines. As a framing device, hunger represents a literal indication of economic scarcity and a figurative trope for various forms of desire, particularly sexuality and religiosity, which arises in literature by writers such as Merlinda Bobis, M. Evelina Galang, Lara Stapleton, Jessica Hagedorn, and Elynia S. Mabanglo. These writings demonstrate a mode of periodization that resurrects a forgotten history of the U.S.-Philippines encounter, through key moments: the U.S.-Philippine War, World War II, the Marcos Military Regime, and their diasporic/transnational resonances with events in contemporary history. In short, the inclusion of these writings enacts a literary alchemy that transforms the ways in which other writings---literary, critical, and historical---are discussed. The questions that arise from this project---of literality and allegory, of memory and history, of an individual and collective voice---engage and extend ongoing conversations in women's studies (transnational and U.S.-centered), minority/ethnic literary studies, Asian American and American Studies, as well as Philippine and Philippine American Studies
School code: 0130
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 68-08A
Subject Literature, Asian
Women's Studies
Literature, American
Alt Author University of Minnesota
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