Transpacific Femininities (Paperback)
The Making of the Modern Filipina
Duke University Press, 9780822353164, 295pp.
Publication Date: November 19, 2012
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Through a careful study of multiple texts produced by Filipina and Filipino writers in the Philippines and the United States--including novels and short stories, newspaper and magazine articles, conduct manuals, and editorial cartoons--Cruz provides a new archive and fresh perspectives for understanding Philippine literature and culture. She demonstrates that the modern Filipina did not emerge as a simple byproduct of American and Spanish colonial regimes, but rather was the result of political, economic, and cultural interactions among the Philippines, Spain, the United States, and Japan. Cruz shows how the complex interplay of feminism, nationalism, empire, and modernity helped to shape, and were shaped by, conceptions of the transpacific Filipina.