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

    Caroline S. Hau

    Winner, National Book Award, Film Criticism, 2000
    The book examines the connection between Philippine literature and nationalist discourse during the postwar period. Through close readings of the works of a number of writers, it argues that the long-standing affinity between Philippine literature and nationalism is based, in part, on the power of literature to formulate and work through a set of questions central to nationalist debates on the 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 Filipino? Between culture and history, culture and politics, culture and economics?
    Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2000
    ISBN: 871-550-367
    332 pages

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