Philippine Feminist Writings
by Benilda Santos, Ph.D.
The Centers for Philippine Studies and Southeast Asian Studies
present. . .
A Discussion on Philippine Feminist Writings
By Benilda Santos, PhD, Poet, Editor, Critic, Professor of Literature,
Ateneo de Manila University
About the Lecture:
Women's writings in the Philippines are metaphorizations of the body
and self of woman as performative subversions of patriarchal
domination. Once pledged to a life of obedience to the demands of
patriarchal upbringing to become what Trinh Minh-ha called the “made-
woman”, women writers in the Philippines now choose to transgress
representations of themselves in the canons of Filipino literature
written by male authors by turning to their lived experience as an
alternative mode of radical subjectivity. First, they discover the
language they use need not be institutionalized language. Second,
they re-define the old myths to distinguish between situated and
universal language. And, third, they revolt from Hymen or against
being an object of man's desire.
The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information and
for disability access, please contact the Center for Philippine
Studies at the numbers below or email us.
Please feel free to give us a call at the Center for more information.
Date and venue: April 14, 2005
Center for Korean Studies Auditorium, 3:00-4:30 pm
The lecture is free and open to the public. For information, please call the Center for Philippine Studies
at 956-6086, fax 956-2682 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For inquiries, please
contact Miss Clemen Montero at 956-6086 or email email@example.com.
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