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Transpacific Femininities The Making of the Modern Filipina

by Denise Cruz

Transpacific Femininities The Making of the Modern Filipina Synopsis

In this groundbreaking study, Denise Cruz investigates the importance of the figure she terms the transpacific Filipina to Philippine nationalism, women's suffrage, and constructions of modernity. Her analysis illuminates connections between the rise in the number of Philippine works produced in English and the emergence of new social classes of transpacific women during the early to mid-twentieth century. Through a careful study of multiple texts produced by Filipina and Filipino writers in the Philippines and the United States-including novels and short stories, newspaper and magazine articles, conduct manuals, and editorial cartoons-Cruz provides a new archive and fresh perspectives for understanding Philippine literature and culture. She demonstrates that the modern Filipina did not emerge as a simple byproduct of American and Spanish colonial regimes, but rather was the result of political, economic, and cultural interactions among the Philippines, Spain, the United States, and Japan. Cruz shows how the complex interplay of feminism, nationalism, empire, and modernity helped to shape, and were shaped by, conceptions of the transpacific Filipina.

Transpacific Femininities The Making of the Modern Filipina Press Reviews

Transpacific Femininities re-frames and expands the boundaries of the study of race, gender, and empire in Philippine and Filipino American studies in a compelling transnational and global context. It is essential reading for students and scholars of Philippine, Asian American, and gender and women's studies. -- Catherine Ceniza Choy * Journal of American Ethnic History * Cruz's analysis is challenging and often subtle, for, as she maintains, the modern woman in the Philippines was not always simply westernized but was a blended cultural hybrid...Readers in the field of ethnic feminist literature will appreciate her annotations, her summaries of hard to find literary texts, and her discussion of the arguments of other scholars. -- Frederick J. Augustyn * Journal of American Culture * This book will be of interest to a wide range of scholars in Asian, American and Gender Studies, and across the disciplines of Sociology, Geography, History, and Anthropology. It is a rich historical account that does a lot of conceptual work with great subtlety. Transpacific Femininities is written to be widely accessible and could be easily used in a wide range of undergraduate and graduate classes. -- Geraldine Pratt * Pacific Affairs * Cruz's project has many strengths. . . . Transpacific Femininities provides a nuanced perspective to existing literature on women's history, colonialism in the Pacific, Asian American studies, and transnational studies at large. -- Joanne L. Rondilla * Journal of Asian Studies *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780822353164
Publication date: 19th November 2012
Author: Denise Cruz
Publisher: Duke University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 320 pages
Categories: Literary studies: from c 1900 -, Cultural studies, Regional studies,

About Denise Cruz

Denise Cruz is Assistant Professor of English and American Studies at Indiana University. She is the editor of Yay Panlilio's The Crucible: An Autobiography by Colonel Yay, Filipina American Guerrilla.

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