Brown River, White Ocean: An Anthology of Twentieth-century Philippine Literature in English

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Luis Francia
Rutgers University Press, 1993 - Fiction - 279 pages
English is often a primary literary language for Filipino writers--not only for those in the Philippines but for those resident in the United States; both groups are included in this anthology of 31 stories and 108 poems documenting a tradition that began at the turn-of-the-century. Manila-born poet and writer Francia, an editor at the Village Voice, gathers and validates creative work that has had limited distribution not only here but in Asia. "In the Philippine context, what is foreign and what is indigenous has always been a tricky and ultimately impossible subject, '' Francia writes in his introduction. ``Filipinos have unconsciously perfected the art of mixing the two up." Readers who expect Filipino English to have the unexpected inflections and inventiveness of Indian or Caribbean English will be disappointed: the Filipino writer uses standard American English as a native language, but spices it naturally with words form indigenous and adopted tongues: Tagalog, Spanish, Ilokano, etc. Stories look at unrequited passion (in which the sensual tropical ambiance is at odds with society's rules); village life; the different cultures that have settled in the archipelago--Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Hindu Indian; and the consequences of military, colonial, and economic occupation. Both poems and stories consider the experience of Filipinos--some intellectual, some humble--in the United States. Among the more familiar contributors: Carlos Bulosan, Jos' Garc¡a Villa, Jessica Hagedorn, and Ninotchka Rosca. While the prose selected here is more consistent in quality than the poetry, the poems seem more wide-ranging; like the fiction writers, the poets consider love, politics, and metaphysics but move as well into experimentation and the modernist realm. A satisfying and worthwhile project.
 

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Contents

PAz MARQUEz BENITEz 18941983
3
ARTURO B ROTOR 1907
13
LORETO PARAS SULIT 1908
20
MANUEL ARGUILLA 19111944
29
BIENVENIDo N SANTOs 1911
44
AMADOR T DAGUIO 19121966
53
EDILBERTO K TIEMPO 1913
64
PAUlo DizoN 19151961
75
BRILLANTES 1932
146
DLAZ 1932
153
LEONCIO DERIADA 1938
168
RENATO MADRID 1940
176
RESIl B MOJARES 1943
186
NINOTCHKA ROSCA 1946
193
JOY T DAYRIT c 1952
200
LUIs G Dato 19061983
223

FRANCISCO ARCELLANA 1916
85
ALFON 19171983
91
IBRAHIMA JUBAIRA 1920
103
F SIONil José 1924
110
RIVERA 1926
119
ANDRES CRISTOBAL CRUz 1929
133
ROLANDo S TINIO 1937
241
WILFREDO PASCUA SANCHEz 1944
247
CYN ZARCO 1950
258
ERIC GAMALINDA 1954
263
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