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The Promise Of The Nation: Gender, History, And Nationalism In Contemporary Ilokano Literature
The Promise Of The Nation: Gender, History, And Nationalism In Contemporary Ilokano Literature
Category Sociology
Publisher Ateneo Press
Author Roderick G. Galam
Pages 339 pages.
Dimension 6 x 9
Copyright 2008
Price US$ 26.95
 Bookpaper ISBN9715505543

The Promise of the Nation examines the construction of the nation in contemporary Ilokano literature in the intersections of gender, history, and nationalism by tracking Ilokano literature’s political, material, and socio-cultural connections and examining its intervention in Philippine socio-political discourse, history, and historiography. It attends to and addresses the limitations, contradictions, and potential constituting Ilokano writers’ efforts to (re)make a Filipino nation, efforts made in the context of Spanish and American imperialism, neocolonialism, martial law, militarization, urban squatting, patriarchy, migrant work, and the marginalization of ethic peoples. Finally, the book argues that the writers’ project of realizing what Caroline Hau has evocatively called the nation’s “promise of community” may be more powerfully imagined and grasped were nationalism transformed by feminism; indeed if we dream this nation, see and seek its promise and possibility with a feminist-communitarian imagination.

Roderick G. Galam, former Assistant Professor of English at the UP Integrated School, finished his M.A. in Comparative Literature at the University of the Philippines-Diliman where his master’s thesis won the UP Center for Women’s Studies’ Lourdes Lontok-Cruz Award for Outstanding Research.

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