Has its close connections with academe enriched or diminished Philippine literature in English? Are there alternatives to academe as literary arbiters? Is Latin American fiction the source of Philippine marvelous realism, or are our own novelists in English mining a more powerful, native lode? How do contemporary Filipino women writers "perform" the modern wonder tale? How do women's memoirs and travel essays function as social history? Are literary blogs part of a long tradition of chronicling or are they breaking new ground? These are some of the questions that Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo asks in her latest, and perhaps most provocative, book.
The answers she offers rely on her long years of experience as both a writer of fiction and creative nonfiction, and a teacher of literature. This book will interest literature specialists, literary practitioners, and ordinary readers who enjoy reading books by Filipino writers.