Translating the Nation: Rizal, the Novel and Philippine Literatures in the Regions

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  • J. Neil C. Garcia, University of the Philippines, Diliman

Abstract

Legislated as the official national myth in the Philippines, the revolutionary novels of the foremost Filipino hero, Jose Rizal, continue to be taught across the secondary and tertiary levels in the Tagalog-based language of Filipino. Together with English, Filipino enjoys a distinct advantage as a fully developed literary language in the country, even as the many other languages of the archipelago are slowly and inexorably sliding into desuetude and neglect. Arguing that translation is at once a metaphorical and appropriative act, the author proposes that Rizal’s already inescapably translational texts be made available to Filipino students in their own mother tongues, in recognition of their evocative power (that includes rather than excludes) on one hand, and in order to more fully realize Rizal’s vision of an emancipated national body, on the other.

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Author Biography

J. Neil C. Garcia, University of the Philippines, Diliman

J. Neil C. Garcia teaches creative writing and comparative literature at the University of the Philippines Diliman, where he enjoys the rank of Artist II in the Artistic Productivity System and serves as a fellow for poetry in the Institute of Creative Writing. He is the author of numerous poetry collections and works in literary and cultural criticism, including Our Lady of the Carnival (1996), The Sorrows of Water (2000), Kaluluwa (2001), Philippine Gay Culture: The Last Thirty Years (1996), Slip/pages: Essays in Philippine Gay Criticism (1998), Performing the Self: Occasional Prose (2003), The Garden of Wordlessness (2005) and Misterios and Other Poems (2005). His latest critical work, Postcolonialism and Filipino Poetics: Essays and Critiques, is a revised version of his PhD dissertation in English Studies: Creative Writing, which he completed in 2003.

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Published

2011-12-15

How to Cite

Garcia, University of the Philippines, Diliman, J. N. C. (2011). Translating the Nation: Rizal, the Novel and Philippine Literatures in the Regions. Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, 5(2), 4–16. Retrieved from https://journals.iium.edu.my/asiatic/index.php/ajell/article/view/540

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