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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 Transpacific Tactics of Contemporary Filipino American Literature

The Transpacific Tactics of Contemporary Filipino American Literature

(p.184) 6 The Transpacific Tactics of Contemporary Filipino American Literature
Beyond the Nation

Martin Joseph Ponce

NYU Press

This chapter delves into the transnational and cross-racial responses to racial misrecognition and “invisibility” in the work of M. Evelina Galang, Brian Ascalon Roley, Patrick Rosal, and Barbara Jane Reyes. The literary texts presented here offer two responses to problem of invisibility: first, a return to the “homeland” to forge a Filipino American identity and culture, and second, a turn toward cross-culturality. Focusing on Galang's Her Wild American Self, Roley's novel, American Son, and Rosal's and Reyes' poetry books extends the queer diasporic framework to analyze literature that initially seems more concerned with the “domestic” than the “diasporic,” and does not thematize nonnormative desires. By dissecting these works, the chapter reflects critically on the idea that literature can act as an antidote to the affliction of invisibility.

Keywords:   racial misrecognition, M. Evelina Galang, Her Wild American Self, Brian Ascalon Roley, American Son, Patrick Rosal, Barbara Jane Reyes, cross-culturality

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