Soledad S. Reyes and the quest/ions of Philippine kritika

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Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Language and Literature Major in Literature


College of Liberal Arts


Literature, Department of

Thesis Adviser

David Jonathan Y. Bayot


This study examines the critical views of Reyes on Tagalog literature, womens literature and popular culture. It seeks to be a complement to Salungat: A Soledad S. Reyes Reader which foregrounds the framework of Reyes critical oeuvre.

Moreover, this present study is a quest of how the critical works of Reyes her own questions and continued quests in Philippine kritika- are a response to our othering ourselves. It navigates with the "critical imperative" of Isagani Cruz; that is, in light of our condition and situation of "the other Other," Filipino critics are addressed the crucial task of inscribing and re-inscribing a Philippine kritika, guided by the dynamic re-turn to critical tradition, and his proposed three parameters that should be observed in the formation of what he calls makabayan at malayang kritika: the rejection of expressive realism, the abandonment of Western Formalism, and the refusal of the patriarchal structures of Western Criticism.

While the study argues that Reyes as a critic responds to our othering ourselves in the field of Philippine literature and kritika, it also re-considers Reyes own theoretical positions and critical arguments vis-à-vis her specific critical views expressed in her critical essays on Tagalog literature, womens literature and popular culture.

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Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F Henry Sy Sr. Hall

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1 computer optical disc ; 4 3/4 in.

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