South and Southeast Asian Studies 39, Section 2

Fiction, Truth, and Memory in the Narratives of Filipina Writers (2 units, LG)

Dr. Maria Josephine Barrios-Leblanc and Lecturer Karen Llagas
Thursday 9:00-11:00, 51 Evans Hall, Class number: 30952

Have you read short stories and autobiographical narratives of women writers? In this course, we will focus on the works of Filipina writers based in the Philippines, the United States and other parts of the world. Among the questions we will explore are these: What are the contexts by which we can study these works? What are the dynamics between fiction and truth, and autobiographical narratives and the unreliability of memory? How did these writers participate in discourses on gender, race, and class?

Instructor Bio

Joi Barrios serves as a Senior Lecturer teaching Filipino and Philippine Literature at UC Berkeley (UCB) after serving as Associate Professor at the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD). She has published more than a dozen books, among them the book of novelettes “My Prince Charming and Other Romance Noveletttes,” (UP Press, 2001); and her research "From the Theater Wings: Grounding and Flight of Filipino Women Playwrights” (UP Press, 2008). She has won fourteen national literary awards, the Distinguished Teaching Award for Non-Senate Faculty, 2013, from the UCB College of Letters and Science, and three lifetime achievement awards, including Weaver of History (one of 100 women chosen by the Philippine Centennial Committee), 199 and the TOWNS (Ten Outstanding Women in the Nation's Service) Award, 2004.

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Karen Llagas lectures in UC Berkeley’s Beginner and Intermediate Filipino classes; she teaches Tagalog privately and in group classes in the San Francisco Bay Area and online.

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The course is open to everyone, but Asian and Asian-American women are especially encouraged to enroll.