The Construction of Identity and Individual History in Diasporic Filipino Women Writers’ English Language Novels

Authors

  • Ranwarat Kobsirithiwara Kasetsart university

Keywords:

Diasporic writers, Filipino literature, Female writers, English literature, Identity construction

Abstract

This article examines literary works written in English by three diasporic Filipino female writers: Melinda Bobis's Fish-Hair Woman (2012), Marivi Soliven’s The Mango Bride (2013) and Gina Apostol's Gun Dealer's Daughter (2013). These novels represent Filipino women working in foreign countries, their roles in the family and in Filipino history, documenting the construction of identity and the creation of personal history outside of the motherland. This article explores how female English-speaking Filipino writers represent Filipino identities and displacement to international readers.

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Author Biography

Ranwarat Kobsirithiwara, Kasetsart university

Department of Literature, Faculty of Humanities,

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Published

2022-06-28

How to Cite

Kobsirithiwara ร. (2022). The Construction of Identity and Individual History in Diasporic Filipino Women Writers’ English Language Novels. Journal of Letters, 51(1), 45–59. Retrieved from https://so03.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/jletters/article/view/260564

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Section

Research Articles