Filipino Ecological Imagination: Typhoon Yolanda, Climate Change, and Imperialism in Philippine Poetry and Prose

This talk focuses on Philippine ecocritical writings (prose and poetry) that depict the confrontation between global climate change and diverse cultures across the Philippines. By examining Philippine literary anthologies in English about Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), which devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, on 7-8 November 2013, this talk argues that Filipino ecocritical writings recover a suppressed history of United States imperialism and express what Santa Ana calls a postcolonial environmental memory: the social remembering of Western empire and colonization as a historical cause and cost of ruinous environmental transformation in the Inang Bayan (the Philippine Mother-Nation).

Join the Working Group for an incisive discussion with Professor Jeff Santa Ana of Stony Brook University, New York.

Event details
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Dwinelle 341, Level F/G