Event Title

P-04 "Hollywood Dreams": Gender Oppression and Postcolonial Resistance in Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters

Start Date

3-2-2018 2:30 PM

Description

This paper addresses how gender, sexuality, and resistance affect personal and national identity construction in Dogeaters, a novel tracing the lives of Filipino characters during President Ferdinand Marcos’s dictatorial regime—a period that reshaped the Philippines’s national identity. Using gender theory and nationhood studies, I highlight how women and queer individuals who challenge masculine norms attempt subversion by creating communities outside of patriarchal constructs but ultimately fail. Specifically, I read Joey Sands’s and Daisy Avila’s marginality, failure to comply with societal expectations, and acts of defiance as helpful modes for self-actualization and self-identification that nevertheless prove futile against the larger system.

Acknowledgments

Dr. Vanessa Corredera.

J. N. Andrews Honors Program.

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Mar 2nd, 2:30 PM

P-04 "Hollywood Dreams": Gender Oppression and Postcolonial Resistance in Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters

This paper addresses how gender, sexuality, and resistance affect personal and national identity construction in Dogeaters, a novel tracing the lives of Filipino characters during President Ferdinand Marcos’s dictatorial regime—a period that reshaped the Philippines’s national identity. Using gender theory and nationhood studies, I highlight how women and queer individuals who challenge masculine norms attempt subversion by creating communities outside of patriarchal constructs but ultimately fail. Specifically, I read Joey Sands’s and Daisy Avila’s marginality, failure to comply with societal expectations, and acts of defiance as helpful modes for self-actualization and self-identification that nevertheless prove futile against the larger system.