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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 Diasporic Poetics of Queer Martial Law Literature

The Diasporic Poetics of Queer Martial Law Literature

(p.153) 5 The Diasporic Poetics of Queer Martial Law Literature
Beyond the Nation

Martin Joseph Ponce

NYU Press

This chapter examines the queer critiques of martial law and U.S. popular culture as staged in novels by Bino Realuyo, R. Zamora Linmark, and Noël Alumit. This group of texts—Relauyo's The Umbrella Country (1998), Linmark's Rolling the R's (1995), and Alumit's Letters to Montgomery Clift (2002)—reviews the 1970s and 1980s by locating the emergence of queer male sexualities and genders in the martial law period of Ferdinand Marcos' presidency, and by highlighting the impact of U.S. popular culture on erotic fantasies. These novels, which cover issues of youth sexuality, cross-age sex, and gender transitivity, link martial law to exilic departures and desires and thus implicate the United States not simply as the Cold War supporter of Marcos' efforts to stanch the spread of Communism, but also as the supposed site of freedom from political and sexual persecution.

Keywords:   queer Martial Law literature, Bino Realuyo, The Umbrella Country, R. Zamora Linmark, Rolling the R's, Noël Alumit, Letters to Montgomery Clift, communism, Ferdinand Marcos

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