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Filipino Women Write America: America in the Narratives of Filipino Women Writers

Filipino Women Write America: America in the Narratives of Filipino Women Writers

A lecture by Prof. Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, Department of English & Comparative Literature, University of the Philippines

Tuesday, May 30, 2006
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
139A Fowler Museum
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Discussion of literary works by Filipinas in the Philippines regarding their thoughts and impressions on the United States.

CRISTINA PANTOJA HIDALGO is a much-awarded writer of fiction and creative nonfiction. Among her awards are the Gawad Balagtas for lifetime achievement in fiction in English, given by the UP Writers’ Union, the Carlos Palanca Grand Prize for the Novel, and several Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Award for different short story and essay collections.

Aside from her Palanca prizewinning novel, Recuerdo (UP 1996), Hidalgo has written and published 15 other books (among them, another novel, four short story collections, and six essay collections); and edited or co-edited 12 others. Included in this list are the first Philippine textbook in Creative Nonfiction (Creative Nonfiction: A Manual for Filipino Writers, UP, 2003), a ground-breaking study of the autobiographical narratives of Filipino women writers (Pinay, Ateneo 1994), an anthology of these narratives (Ateneo 2000), a textbook on Philippine Literature in English co-written with Dr. Gemino H. Abad (Our People’s Story, UP 2005), and an anthology of literary criticism co-edited with Dr. Priscelina Legasto (Philippine Post Colonial Studies,  UP 1993, 2004). Her latest book is Sky Blue After the Rain: Selected Stories and Tales (UP 2005).

Hidalgo has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, an M.A. in English Literature, and a Ph.B., magna cum laude. She is a full Professor, and has received many awards for her teaching and is credited with having pioneered in the teaching of women’s literary narratives (as part of UP’s Comparative Literature Program and Creative Nonfiction (as part of the Creative Writing Program).

Hidalgo served as Coordinator of the University of the Philippines’ Creative Writing Program, Director of the UP Creative Writing Center (now the UP Institute of Creative Writing), and Director of the University of the Philippines Press. At present, she is Vice President for Public Affairs of the University of the Philippines System. She continues to teach Creative Writing and Literature at the Dept. of English and Comparative Literature of the UP; is an Associate of the UP Institute of Creative Writing; a Member of the Board of Governors of the National Book Development Board; and Representative for the National Capital Region in the Literature Committee of the National Center for Culture and the Arts.

Cost : Free and open to the public


Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Asian American Studies Center