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Deterritorialisations of Desire: “Transgressive” Sexuality as Filipino Anti-Imperialist Resistance in Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters

Gairola, R.K.ORCID: 0000-0002-1826-6339 (2005) Deterritorialisations of Desire: “Transgressive” Sexuality as Filipino Anti-Imperialist Resistance in Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters. Philament: A Journal of Literature, Arts and Culture, 7 . pp. 22-41.

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Abstract

In The Way of the World: The Bildungsroman in European Culture (first published in 1987), Franco Moretti cites the bildungsroman genre of “development” and/ or “coming of age” narrative as a specifically European literary phenomenon that constitutes “the ‘symbolic form’ of modernity” 1. According to Moretti, the bildungsroman is the emblematic literary form that embodies a moment in Western development, prompting him to open his book with “Youth is, so to speak, modernity’s ‘essence,’ the sign of a world that seeks its meaning in the future rather than in the past” 2. Offering a list of Western texts to push the notion that modernity and forwards-movement are specifically European traits immortalized in the bildungsroman, Moretti names his protagonists: Goethe’s Wilhelm Meister, Austin’s Elizabeth Bennet, Stendhal’s Julien Sorel, Bronte’s Jane Eyre, Balzac’s Rastignac, etc…

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Supra: The University of Sydney
Copyright: 2019 Philament Journal
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/51969
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