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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 Queer Erotics of José Garcia Villa’s Modernism

The Queer Erotics of José Garcia Villa’s Modernism

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Beyond the Nation

Martin Joseph Ponce

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the creation of anglophone Filipino modernism as a “queer” literary practice in José Garcia Villa's work. The literary practices through which he became “the inventor of modernist writing in English in the Philippines” are elaborated not only through formal innovation but also through an equally experimental logic of love that de-privileges heterosexual coupling, procreative sexuality, and normative masculinity. The chapter examines several texts from Villa's oeuvre, “Man-Songs,” the autobiographical stories in Footnote to Youth: Tales of the Philippines and Others (1933), and the poem “3” in Volume Two (1949), all of which provide a complex account of the interplay among aesthetic theory, queer erotics, and formal innovation in Villa's work. The chapter ends with a consideration of Villa's roles as critic and anthologist of Philippine literature in English.

Keywords:   José Garcia Villa, modernist writing, queer literature, aesthetic theory, queer erotics, Philippine literature

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