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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 Sexual Politics of Carlos Bulosan’s Radicalism

The Sexual Politics of Carlos Bulosan’s Radicalism

(p.89) 3 The Sexual Politics of Carlos Bulosan’s Radicalism
Beyond the Nation

Martin Joseph Ponce

NYU Press

This chapter looks at the gendering and sexualizing of Filipino radicalism and transnational anti-imperialism in Carlos Bulosan's work. It places The Cry and the Dedication in the context of some of Bulosan's earlier work and in conversation with Huk leader Luis Taruc's autobiography, Born of the People (1953). Instead of addressing a story of increasing “revolutionary” consciousness, the chapter unveils some of the tensions and contradictions that arise as Bulosan seeks to insert a diasporic voice into the debates around “national liberation” and political radicalism. By offering a queer diasporic reading of Bulosan's work that highlights his self-authorizing endeavors, the chapter not only illustrates how his multivalent modes of address are articulated through sex, gender, and sexuality, but also gives some sense of the formal complexity of his writing.

Keywords:   Carlos Bulosan, Filipino radicalism, transnational anti-imperialism, The Cry and the Dedication, Born of the People, Luis Taruc, national liberation

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