Necessary Fictions: Philippine Literature and the Nation, 1946-1980



Author: Caroline S. Hau

Necessary Fictions examines the intimate but fraught connection between Philippine literature and nationalist discourse through close readings of the works of Jose Rizal, Amado Hernandez, Nick Joaquin, Edgardo Reyes, Ricardo Lee, Kerima Polotan, Carlos Bulosan, and Mano de Verdades Posadas. The book argues that the long standing affinity between Philippine literature and nationalism is based, in part, on the power of possibility and necessity of social change. It asks: What is the relationship between knowledge and action? Between the personal and political? Between the foreign and the Filipino? Betwenn culture and history, culture and politics, culture and economics.

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