"The Postwar Filipino Novel in English": Guest talk with P.J. Nadal


“Two Paths for the Filipino Novel After Import-Substitution” 

What is the relation between the movement to strengthen the Philippine peso and the search for "the Great Filipino Novel" in the 1950s? How did notions of “sovereignty” and “equilibrium” in the economic sphere inform notions of “aesthetic autonomy” and “organic unity” in the literary sphere? Join the Filipino & Philippine Studies Working Group for P.J. Nadal's talk, which focuses on the influence of New Criticism in N. V. M. Gonzalez’s The Bamboo Dancers (1959) and Nick Joaquin’s The Woman Who Had Two Navels(1961). Nadal argues that Gonzalez and Joaquin exemplify two novelistic responses to the rapid, but short-lived, postwar industrialization of the Philippines. His talk will demonstrate how these authors’ contrasting prose styles issue from an artistic effort to redirect the Filipino anglophone novel’s social referent from the previously dominant hacienda agricultural system to the middle class-empowered industrial economy that consolidated itself under import-substituting industrialization.

Paul Nadal is a doctoral candidate in Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is completing his dissertation, "Remittance Fiction: Human Labor Export, Realism, and the Filipino Novel in English." He is also a visiting faculty member at The New School's Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts in New York City.

Event details
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Dwinelle 341 F/G