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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 Cross-Cultural Musics of Jessica Hagedorn’s Postmodernism

The Cross-Cultural Musics of Jessica Hagedorn’s Postmodernism

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Beyond the Nation

Martin Joseph Ponce

NYU Press

This chapter analyzes how music as a gendered and sexualized social and artistic practice becomes a dense site for producing cross-cultural and diasporic affiliations in Jessica Hagedorn's work. The focus on music provides a way to recover some of her literary production eclipsed by the critical tradition's fixation on her first novel, Dogeaters (1990), and thereby reframe the scholarly attention given to the politics of Hollywood film and the operations of visuality in that novel. In keeping with the queer diasporic framework, the chapter explains how music serves as the expressive, figural, and erotic terrain on which Hagedorn's cross-cultural and transnational acts of address take place. Music also serves as a kind of nodal point where cultural meanings associated with race, nation, gender, and sexuality compete with one another, and where formal possibilities and artistic lineages are reinvented.

Keywords:   Jessica Hagedorn, music, postmodernism, cross-culturalism, transnationalism, race, gender, sexuality

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