The book is a descriptive survey of popular and academic writings on and by Filipino male homosexuals, as well as a genealogy of discourses of male homosexuality and the bakla and/or gay identities that emerged in urban Philippines from the1960s to the present. This conceptual history engages recent events in the Philippines' sexually self-aware present, but also explores colonial history in showing how modernity implanted a new sexual order of "homo/hetero" and further marginalized the effeminate local identity of bakla.
About the author
J. Neil C. Garcia is Professor of English, Creative Writing, and Comparative Literature at the University of the Philippines. He is the author of numerous poetry collections and works of cultural criticism, including Postcolonialism and Filipino Poetics Essays and Critiques.
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