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Saturday, November 09, 2002

: . Literary Possessions:

From The Haunting of the Filipino Writer by Resil B. Mojares:
    Colonialism had its opportunities, gaps, and openings. We had modern universities and modern novels long before other countries in the region. We were introduced early to the possibilities of print culture. We had Jose Rizal. Yet, despite the fact that these are milestones we take pride in, why are we haunted by the thought that we have not adequately harnessed this past to our advantage? Rizal felt his work unfinished and dreamed of writing a “third novel.” How do we explain that, a hundred years later, we are still haunted that this “third novel” has not been written?

I'll be posting the second half of the essay next week. Please let me know if there are any typos in the text so I could correct them as soon as possible.

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