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Inscribing Gender into Philippine Theater Histories

Inscribing Gender into Philippine Theater Histories

A presention by Professor Priscelina Patajo-Legasto, 2005 Fulbright Senior Visiting Scholar, for the Department of World Arts & Cultures Noontime Brown Bag Lecture Series

Tuesday, November 08, 2005
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Phoenix Conference Room
160 Glorya Kaufman Hall
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Theater histories, like other kinds of histories (e.g., national, political, social, cultural) are informed by theoretical paradigms, consciously or unconsciously applied by historians. This means that histories are narratives/discourses and as such, highly ideological.

Histories of 20th century Philippine Theater have been written from positivist frameworks since the 1920s which viewed theater as a social practice that could be rigorously investigated/documented; and then orthodox Marxist perspectives since the mid 60s which perpetuated an instrumentalist view of theater as fomenting anti-imperialist, anti-colonial, and anti-bourgeois agenda. Both dominant rhetorical strategies for writing history, however, did not consider gender or the woman question as an important determinant in the construction of  the narrative of theater in the Philippines. This is a gap I have been addressing since the 90s.

Priscelina Patajo-Legasto, Ph.D. is a Professor of Comparative Literature at the Department of English and Comparative Literature (DECL), College of Arts and Letters (CAL), University of the Philippines-Diliman (UPD),Quezon City, Philippines. She teaches courses in literary, cultural, feminist and Marxist theory and criticism, Philippine theater history and post colonial studies. She was the former Dean of the joint Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities and the Faculty of Science & Technology (1999-2002) at the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU); former Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs, Director of the UP System Information Office and Director of the Office of Alumni Relations of the University of the Philippines System (2002-present). She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Philippine Studies Association (1995-present).
Her publications include the Philippine Post Colonial Studies: Essays in Language and Literature (editor and contributor; 2nd edition, UP Press, 2004); the award-winning Filipiniana Reader: A Companion Reader of Filipiniana Online (as editor and contributor, UPOU, 1998), Sarswelang Pangasinan (Ateneo de Manila University Press, 1996), and Prism of Literature (as co-editor with Yolanda Tomeldan et. al., 1986). She has also contributed numerous essays to books such as The Philippine Social Sciences in the Life of the Nation, The Likhaan Book of Philippine Criticism, Cultures and Texts, Women Reading: Feminist Perspectives on Philippine Literary Texts, Sarilaya: Women in the Arts and Media, Towards a National Culture, plus articles in such foreign and local journals.

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