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Book Discussion: The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic
April 27 @ 6:00 PM)
An intimate book discussion led by scholar Scott Black on Nick Joaquin’s classic novel, The Woman Who Had Two Navels, a hallucinatory tale of an elite Filipina and her delusions of grandeur.
This will be a hybrid in-person/virtual event. To join virtually, please complete our RSVP form.
About the author:
Nick Joaquin is widely considered one of the greatest Filipino writers, but he has remained little-known outside his home country despite writing in English. Set amid the ruins of Manila devastated by World War II, his stories are steeped in the post-colonial anguish and hopes of his era and resonate with the ironic perspectives on colonial history of Gabriel García Márquez and Mario Vargas Llosa. His work meditates on the questions and challenges of the Filipino individual’s new freedom after a long history of colonialism, exploring folklore, centuries-old Catholic rites, the Spanish colonial past, magical realism, and baroque splendor and excess.
About Scott Black:
Scott Black is a professor and chair of the English Department at the University of Utah. He teaches and studies the history of prose fiction from a global perspective and from classical epics through contemporary novels.