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Thursday, July 04, 2002

: . Necessary Fictions:

To celebrate the Fourth of July, why not spend an afternoon (or vow to spend several weeks' worth of afternoons) poring through the works judiciously collected in the website of A Critical Survey through Philippine Literature, also taught as Literature 21 in Silliman University's Department of English and Literature. Instructor Ian Fermin Rosales Casocot has made available the full texts of or lengthy excerpts from an assortment poems, epics, folk songs, riddles, plays, essays, stories, and novels representing the many varied aspects of Philippine Literature. This has surely been a heroic undertaking and a labor of love. One can't heap enough cliches and hyperboles to do the site justice. A quick look through the Course Outline alone reveals the wealth of periodizations, genres, and subgenres with which one can 'order' Filipino writings each of which is introduced by well-chosen critical essays. Evidently, Casocot has generously stretched the meanings of Filipino-ness to encompass the many creative voices and artistic visions all across the nation and its diaspora. Enjoy!

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