A Postcolonial Reading of Merlinda Bobis’ Fish Hair Woman

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Michael S. Naidas


The paper attempted to uncover the postcolonial underpinnings of Merlinda Bobis’ Fish Hair Woman (2012)–using Ashcroft, Griffith and Tiffin’s The Empire Writes Back (1989)–by considering the novel’s characterization, narrative technique, and significations. A phenomenological type of research was employed, particularly the descriptive-analytical approach in interpreting the novel under study. After careful evaluation and analysis, the study found that the novel may be read and analyzed using postcolonial lenses as mirrored by its characterization, narrative technique, and signification. Further, the study recommends that the novel be further evaluated using diaspora and cultural lenses, and that other diaspora novel written by Filipinos be read using postcolonial perspectives.


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