Article | Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007 | Domesticity; Spirituality and the Igorota as Mountain Maid

Title:
Domesticity; Spirituality and the Igorota as Mountain Maid
Author:
Anna Christie K. Villarba-Torres: Department of Language, Literature and the Arts, University of the Philippines Baguio, Philippines
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Year:
2007
Conference:
Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007
Issue:
025
Article no.:
066
Pages:
661-666
No. of pages:
6
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2007-11-27
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


My paper is a critical study of images of the Igorota in various Philippine texts; from literature and history to popular visual forms. Informed by postcolonial theory; the short story Sam-it and the Loom by Filipino writer Lina Espina-Moore may be read as an attempt to depict how American women fit into the colonial design in the Philippines; the Cordillera in particular. I argue that the representation of the Igorota in the story encapsulates what Filipino historian Vicente Rafael calls ‚Äúcolonial domesticity‚ÄĚ; or the assumption that in constructing ‚Äėhome‚Äô in the tropics; ‚Äúthe structures of the public and private are mobile and indefinitely reproducible; capable of translation across cultural bodily spaces‚ÄĚ (Rafael 2000). It would thus be interesting to look at how American women manoeuvred into the public and private spheres where the Igorota figured prominently. This will allow me to foreground the Igorota‚Äôs cultural and spiritual negotiations in the light of her colonial past and in the midst of an increasingly competitive global present.

Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Author:
Anna Christie K. Villarba-Torres
Title:
Domesticity; Spirituality and the Igorota as Mountain Maid
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Espina-Moore, Lina. Cuentos. New Day Publishers (Quezon City 1985).


Holt, Elizabeth. Colonizing Filipinas: nineteenth century representations of the Philippines in Western historiography. Ateneo de Manila University (Quezon City 2002).


Rafael, Vicente. White love and other events in Filipino history. Ateneo de Manila University Press (Quezon City 2000).


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Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Author:
Anna Christie K. Villarba-Torres
Title:
Domesticity; Spirituality and the Igorota as Mountain Maid
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