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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.1) Introduction
Beyond the Nation

Martin Joseph Ponce

NYU Press

This introductory chapter describes how the book seeks to theorize a model of queer diasporic reading that tracks the ways that Filipino literature addresses multiple audiences at once, and how those addresses are mediated through gender, sexuality, eroticism, and desire. According to theorist Linda Hutcheon, diasporic Filipino literature does not lend itself to the construction of a “national” literary history whose consolidation would guarantee a sense of cultural legitimacy. Filipino literature in the United States has long been “diasporic” and “queer”; a dispersed, coreless tradition whose relation to conventional political and social histories has been inexplicit and ex-centric to the latter's normalizing dictates.

Keywords:   diasporic Filipino literature, gender, sexuality, eroticism, desire, race, nation, Linda Hutcheon

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