The UP DECL invites literary fans to Prof. Kit Uychoco’s lecture on “Memory, Fantasy, Narrative and Myth: Historiographic Metafiction and the Shifting of Filipina Identities in Three Novels” which will be held on 2 February 2015, 2 pm at the Arcellana Reading Room.

This paper hopes to discover how the use of historiographic metafiction can be used in the shifting of Filipina identities in three novels, “Gun Dealer’s Daughter”, “The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata”, and “Dream Jungle”.  The authors of these novels are Gina Apostol and Jessica Hagedorn; two women from the Philippines writing in the diaspora, specifically in the United States.  It hopes to see how these novels confront the Filipina past, present, and future, in/against history and in/outside of the Philippines.  

     Marikit Tara Alto Uychoco is an Assistant Professor from the Department of English and Comparative Literature of the University of the Philippines, Diliman. She has published journal articles in Humanities Diliman, the ACELT Journal, and the Human Rights Agenda.  She has presented papers in several academic conferences, such as the ESEA (English in Southeast Asia) conferences in Singapore and Manila,  as well as conferences for PALT (Philippine Association of Language Teachers), CETA (College English Teachers Association), and ACELT (Ateneo Center for English Language Teaching).  

     She graduated with an MA in Education, major in English Language Teaching, from the College of Education, in UP Diliman (2008), and a BA in English Studies, major in Creative Writing, from the College of Arts and Letters, UP Diliman (1999).  She is currently studying for her PhD in Comparative Literature in the DECL.