Reviews - What do customers think about Necessary Fictions: Philippine Literature and the Nation 1946-1980?
very insightful book on Philippine Literature Dec 15, 2002
Caroline Hau's book gave me a thorough and detailed introduction into what Philippine literature is mostly all about. While much of the book deals with the relationship between the development of national and collective consciousness to literature (thus, the appropriate title "Necessary Fictions"), Hau analyses various works of Philippine fiction replete with scholarly criticisms and thought-provoking theories. For a Filipino student who was largely under the impression that Rizal's Noli and Fili were the only two masterpieces of Philippine literature, Hau's book was definitely an eye-opener! Her book includes studies of various authors including Kerima Polotan (think Virginia Woolf in US), Carlos Bulosan, as well as revolutionary writings by Apolinario Mabini and scholarly works of Ileto (Pasyon at Rebolusyon). Reading her book made me want to rediscover these novels for myself and really appreciate the deep and abundant literary treasure that the Philippines has to offer.
I definitely recommend this to any serious student of Philippine history and literature, as well as to those who want to challenge themselves in delving into something new.