The inquiry is a breakthrough attempt to initiate an investigation on Kapampangan novels that have flourished in the early 20th century after more than three centuries of Spanish conquest and during the early part of the American occupation. The province of Pampanga which has been inaugurated by Spain in 1571 has recorded multiple revolts against the foreign rule and its people have continued to express their revulsion up to the American invasion which led to a bloody loss of lives. In spite of the varied political, social, economic and cultural struggles, the early Kapampangan playwright-revolutionists have succeeded to leave a literary legacy for public scrutiny and this includes the elusive novel genre. Apparently, these writings have somehow been used as a forum for the people's sentiments and perceptions during that time which will explain their prevalent cultural situations. The century old extant novels which have been made available through holographs, typescripts and microfilms rightfully warrant an analysis for the literary ingenuity that the early vernacular writers have produced. It is the goal of the research to disclose the distinct ingenuity of the Kapampangan novels, longed to be explored for a century, and have been a product of a helpless subjugation on the hands of dual world powers.
Loida L. Garcia, University of Santo Tomas & Bataan Peninsula State University, Philippines
Stream: Literature - Indigenous People’s/Ethnic Literatures & Minority Discourses
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