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Beyond the NationDiasporic Filipino Literature and Queer Reading$
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Martin Joseph Ponce

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814768051

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814768051.001.0001

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The Romantic Didactics of Maximo Kalaw’s Nationalism

The Romantic Didactics of Maximo Kalaw’s Nationalism

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Beyond the Nation

Martin Joseph Ponce

NYU Press

This chapter examines the relationships among imperial assimilation, independence politics, and the heterosexual erotics of Philippine nationalism in Maximo M. Kalaw's work. In particular, his novel The Filipino Rebel enables Kalaw to present the clashes of ideas, the conflict of beliefs, and the quarrel of philosophies during the early colonial period. The Filipino Rebel's engagement with the politics of independence seeks to recover what it deems the lost revolutionary spirit of 1899 by suggesting the male offspring of characters Juanito and Josefa as the nationalist promise of an independent future. The chapter argues that Kalaw's political science texts are predominantly oriented toward a U.S. readership, while his novel attempts to address and constitute what he names in the dedication, “Ang Bagong Katipunan.” His reorientation to the homeland in this novel aims to rouse nationalist effect by recurring to heterosexual eroticism and reproductive futurity.

Keywords:   Maximo M. Kalaw, The Filipino Rebel, Philippine Nationalism, imperial assimilation, heterosexual erotics, independence politics

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