University of Hawai'i at Manoa


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 For inquiries, please contact Miss Clemen Montero at 956-6086 or email

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