Five Filipino Novels in English Depicting Socio-Political Realities Evoke Human Transformations
English Language, Literature & Culture
Volume 3, Issue 1, January 2018, Pages: 25-32
Received: May 29, 2018; Accepted: Jul. 13, 2018; Published: Aug. 6, 2018
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Matilda Dimaano, College of Arts and Sciences, Batangas State University, Batangas City, Philippines
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In the world of literature, Henry James stated that novel is history. This is so because novels are written by authors gathering their plot agenda from prevailing socio-political realities in particular time points in history. This study aims to present a review of five Filipino novels in English as to how they exemplify the fictive realities of the Marcosian era and provides a synthesis of the philosophical learnings derived from them. The novels included are: Fortress in the Plaza by Linda Ty-Casper, Bamboo in the Wind by Azucena Grajo Uranza, Killing Time in a Warm Place by Jose Y. Dalisay, Jr., Viajero by F. Sionil Jose and Dream Eden by Linda Ty-Casper. Descriptive method was employed in looking into portrayals of realities and characterizations of personalities in the novels, following a sociological, psychological and philosophical approach in literary criticism. Results showed that sociological dualism, political ferment and economic stagnation were among the socio-political milieu that led to the declaration of Martial law in the Philippines. These realities were reflected in the different dimensions such as the socio-political, the psychological and the philosophical dimensions. While the novels capture the thoughts and aspirations of the authors, these also reveal the human transformations undergone by the characters that arise from their experiences of the Marcosian era. These human transformations include the evolvement of the philosophical constructs of human dignification and that of being a man for others.
Filipino Novels in English, Socio-Political Realities, Marcosian Era, Human Transformation
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Matilda Dimaano, Five Filipino Novels in English Depicting Socio-Political Realities Evoke Human Transformations, English Language, Literature & Culture. Vol. 3, No. 1, 2018, pp. 25-32. doi: 10.11648/j.ellc.20180301.15
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