Seminar in South and Southeast Asian Studies - Literature of the Philippines and the Filipino Diaspora
The course provides an overview of Philippine literature and literature in the Filipino Diaspora. Topics include: traditional forms in contemporary times; literature, colonization and the struggle for sovereignty; literature, gender and nation; and literature, globalization and postcolonial discourses. Among the works to be studied are the poetry of 19th century reformists in Spain, workers’ poetry in the Philippines and Saudi Arabia, contemporary texts written by domestic workers in Hong Kong, feminist, gay and lesbian poetry, myths and the reworking of myths. Texts written in Spanish, Filipino and other Philippine languages shall be translated into English.