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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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(p.221) Epilogue
Beyond the Nation

Martin Joseph Ponce

NYU Press

This concluding chapter turns to the politics of queer reading by contemplating on a recent novel by Gina Apostol. It emphasizes these diverse aesthetic and political practices while locating the literature within shifting yet shared historical contexts of U.S. colonialism and imperialism, migration, and assimilation, and highlights how the politics of gender and sexuality inflect their multivalent modes of address. This brief consideration on Apostol's The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata not only underlines the need for U.S. readers to engage more actively with Philippine literature in English, but also illustrates the claim that national historiography is a deeply conflictive practice that resists homogenization. The novel calls attention to what is rendered peripheral, subordinate, or invisible in the formation of a national discourse, not so much to expand that discourse but to dissolve it from within.

Keywords:   Gina Apostol, The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata, Philippine literature, U.S. colonialism, homogenization, national discourse

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