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					                                       SPRING 2007
                       (IP 363/Eng 375)*

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Time: 3:00-5:30        Days: T                   Room: Moore 120
Instructor: Ruth Elynia S. Mabanglo, PhD Office: Spalding 459
Consultation: By Appointment                     Tel: 956-6970

                The Course | Course Objectives | Expectations | The Text |
                 Schedule of Readings/Activities | Requirements/Grading


         The literature of the Philippines is multi-faceted. It is written in many languages
(in the indigenous languages of the Filipinos such as Ilokano, Tagalog, Cebuano,
Pampango, Bikol, etc.; in the languages of her conquerors (Spanish and English) and
covers a lot of themes. This course will sample only the literature written by Filipinos
and Filipino Americans in English.

        The literary works were chosen to provide the reader general background
knowledge on how the Filipino writers view themselves (and the other Filipinos) in
various context (in different times and space)—in their family life, in the community, at
work, in war and in love. One important aspect of the course deals with the subject of
diaspora or migration. Filipinos in America wrote short stories, poems and essays
dealing with the views or sentiments about this topic. There are also writings that deal
with migration in other Southeast Asian countries, in Europe or the Middle East.

        Through the literature, it is hoped that the readers would be able to reclaim their
heritage (if they are Filipino Americans) or understand where the Filipinos are coming
from (if they are Americans), to identify themselves in the characters they read, and to
be inspired in writing their thoughts, sharing their feelings or simply, to appreciate what
others have written, said or done.


Through this course, students will

    Focus Designation: DL, O, W
If you are a student with a disability and have a disability-related needs or
concerns, please contact the Kokua Program at 956-7511 or drop in to
Room 13 in the new Student Services Center.
      Know Philippine Literature written by Filipino writers in English; its history and
       development from the American period to the present,
      Read selected and important writings of Filipinos in English in various genres
       such as short story, poetry, play and essay.
      Analyze certain selections using standard parameters drawn from different
       approaches such as formalistic, psychological, sociological, postcolonial, etc.
      Write or make a critical discussion of a selection or novel, which shall be
       presented to the class.
      Develop understanding of Filipino/Filipino American values, customs and
       traditions through the various stories, poems, essays and plays that will be read
       in class
      Discover the strengths and weaknesses; values and traditions of the
       contemporary Filipinos/Filipino Americans emerging from various situations,
       events and problems given them.
      Delineate the difference between perception and reality; between reading and
       experiencing Philippine contemporary literature
      Develop insights and communicate them with others through oral and written


         Each student is expected to:
1. Attend all classes; participate in the discussions and submit all requirements.
   (It would be appreciated deeply if you call or email teacher about your absence
    before it takes place.)
2. Listen to the instructor when she is giving a lecture or to classmates who are doing
    presentations or simply reciting. (Pls turn off all cellular phones during class time.)
3. Be responsible in terms of preparedness for discussion, tests, projects and activities.
    (If you are assigned a date for a presentation or activity, see to it that you are not
    absent. Disruption of scheduled activities due to absences results in loss of time, this
    badly affects class schedule).
3. Conduct independent study and research in background and relevant information that
    can enrich knowledge and understanding of the topic being discussed. (The
    instructor always appreciates students who walks the "extra" mile).
4. Share findings of independent study in written reports and group discussions.
5. Complete and submit all requirements on time.

IP 363 -- Readings in Contemporary Philippine Literature in English compiled by Dr.
Ruth Elynia S. Mabanglo
(Available at Professional Image, King St. across 7-11 Grocery Store)
Filipino novels in English (as chosen by students), available at the Asia Collection,
Hamilton Library

                            Schedule of Readings/Activities

       Date                                   Readings/Activities
                    Introduction to the Course
                    History of Philippine Literature (Overview)

  Jan 8
              Video Presentation: “Panitikan” by CCP
              Listening activities
               Discussion: How to Read Literature; Approaches in Understanding
  Jan 16      Literature; How were units divided
              “I am a Filipino”
                                       The Way We Were
              “Tanabata’s Wife”, “How My Brother Leon Brought Home a Wife”;
  Jan 23      “”Midsummer”; “The Wedding Dance”

                                      The Way We Were
              “Summer Solstice”; “Three Generations”
  Jan 30       “May Day Eve”; "Sugar and Salt"

                                        Our Daily Bread
              “Hunger in Barok”, “Crowns and Brawn” “Servant Girl”,
 Feb 6        “The World is an Apple” (Handout); "The Grave Diggers"
       Feb 10: Filipino and Philippine Literature Program/Katipunan
                  PICNIC (attendance/participation required)
                                     Of Love and Relations
              “Tong”, “Grandmother”, “Low Wall”, “Slave Woman of Tarlac,
 Feb 13       Tarlac”, "An American Romance"
 Feb 20                                  Diaspora Tales
              “The Romance of Magno Rubio”, “Immigration Blues”,
               “Scent of Apples”, “The Day the Dancers Came”
              (distribute midterm examination questions)

              Video Viewing : “ The Day the Dancers Came”

  Date                                  Readings/Activities
 Feb 27                                    Diaspora Tales
              “Her Wild American Self”, “Lenox Hill, December 1991”,
              “Peregrinasyon”, selections from America is in the Heart (handout)
              Video Viewing
 March 6                               History, Politics, etc.
              “Rice Wine”, “Sugar and Salt”, Recto and the Nationalist Crusade”;
              “Like the Molave”, “The Execution” (to be provided)
March 13                             Snapshots of the Filipina
              “Divide by Two”, “The Other Woman”, “Sabina”, “Nina”; "Slave
              Woman of Tarlac"; "Definitions, Redefinitions"
March 27                            PART OF SPRING RECESS
 April 3                            Readings to be provided later
                                           See April 11-13
 April 10                           Readings to be provided later
                                           See April 11-13
April 11-13          Southeast Asian Literature In Translation Panel (April 11)
                      Filipino/FilAm Writers Roundtable Discussion (April 12)
                     "Sa Indayog ng Wika"/In the Rhythm of Words (April 13)
                          (Attendance/Participation required; at least 2)
 April 17                          The Filipino Novels in English

                                  Introduction to the Filipino Novel (lecture)
                                           Individual Presentations
                           (Attendance /Participation to all presentations required)
    April 24                           The Filipino Novels in English
                                           Individual Presentations
                                       The Filipino Novels in English
     May 1                                 Individual Presentations
     May 9                             The Filipino Novels in English
                                       Continuation of Presentation

Class Participation
       (attendance/participation, discussion, assignments) --       35% (350 pts)
Formal Oral/Writing Presentations (group and individual) --         35% (350 pts)
Participation in Cultural/Literary Events*               --         20% (200 pts)
Exams and other writings                                 --         10% (100 pts)
                                                      TOTAL         100% (1000 PTS)

1. CLASS PARTICIPATION (35% or 350 pts)

       Includes attendance and participation; emailing of assignments; informal
panel discussions and group activities

Presence in the classroom entails active participation in the discussion. If there is group
work, in-class writing activities, games, role-plays, etc., students are expected to
cooperate/join. Only one absence (equivalent to three in regular scheduled 3-unit
courses), excused or unexcused, can be tolerated for the duration of the course.
Students are expected to inform the teacher ahead of time if an absence cannot be

The teacher will issue attendance/participation cards to each student for the duration of
the semester. Each card is worth 15 pts for which the teacher will collect at the end of
each meeting period. It will be worth 225 pts.

Assignments and email discussions will be given 125 pts.

      *2 formal group presentations; 1 individual presentation (novel)

Since the class is also designated as oral communication intensive (OCI), students are
required to have presentations. The OCI grade will be based on one formal panel
presentation (group) and one individual presentation (novel). Each of these
presentations will be given 100 pts. (200 pts for formal oral presentations)

One major paper should be submitted, typewritten in double space using 12 font size of
Times or Times New Roman (50 pts). You will also be required to write a feedback to
your classmate's paper. (25 pts will be given to this feedback and will be taken from #1,
last sentence)

The other paper is a review of a Filipino/Filipino American novel in English. This will be
the final paper. A guideline for writing the review will be provided. (100 pts)

Apart from the feedback that your classmate will provide for the two major papers, the
teacher will provide assessment to your writing to help you revise your work. The grade
will be given only after each revision.


Students in this class are expected to attend the picnic on Feb 10 and two other literary
events that the Filipino and Philippine Literature Program have designated for spring.
Participants in the literary events include serving in the organizational planning;
participation in the program; being member of the front of the house committees. 20 pts
for the picnic will be given; 90 pts per literary event will be the maximum points
depending upon individual participation.


There will be a midterm examination (75 pts) and other writings (like reaction paper, etc.)

* BIBLIOGRAPHY AND LIST OF NOVELS (will be given as handouts)


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