The Philippines and the United States have an entangled history. As a Spanish colony, the Philippines were lost to the United States in the Spanish America War, which was then followed by the Philippine-American War from 1899 to 1902.
In this class we will read texts by immigrants to the United States as well as text by Filipino authors and discuss them in the context of American literature. We will include topics such as immigrant literature, (post)colonial literature, Asian American identity and other similar literary categories.
- Carlos Bulosan, America Is in the Heart (1943) (Penguin Classics)
- Elaine Castillo, America Is Not in the Heart (2018) (atlantic fiction).
- Sarah Gambito, Matadora (2004) (Sweet and Sour)