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Jessica Hagedorn

Autor(a) de Dogeaters

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Image credit: Author Jessica Hagedorn in San Francisco, California 1975. By Nancy Wong, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26352651

Obras por Jessica Hagedorn

Dogeaters (1990) 501 exemplares
Charlie Chan Is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction (1993) — Editor; Contribuidor — 159 exemplares
Dream Jungle (2003) 142 exemplares
The Gangster of Love (1996) 118 exemplares
Dogeaters: A Play (2002) 104 exemplares
Danger and Beauty (1993) 71 exemplares
Manila Noir (2013) — Editor; Contribuidor — 63 exemplares
Toxicology (2011) 39 exemplares
Pet Food and Tropical Apparitions (1981) 13 exemplares
Dangerous Music (1975) 10 exemplares
Four Young Women: Poems (1973) 3 exemplares
Visions of a Daughter, Foretold (1994) 2 exemplares
The Leopard 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Contribuidor — 68 exemplares
The Forbidden Stitch: An Asian American Women's Anthology (1989) — Contribuidor — 66 exemplares
Making More Waves: New Writing by Asian American Women (1997) — Prefácio — 65 exemplares
Moving Parts: Monologues from Contemporary Plays (1992) — Contribuidor — 60 exemplares
Babaylan: An Anthology of Filipina and Filipina American Writers (2000) — Contribuidor — 48 exemplares
Asian-American Literature: An Anthology (2000) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
Race: An Anthology in the First Person (1997) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
Fetish: An Anthology (1998) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
Dawoud Bey: Portraits 1975-1995 (1995) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
Bold Words: A Century of Asian American Writing (2001) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
So Much Trouble in the World: Believe It or Not! (2006) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



Fascinating, multifaceted, episodic, complex, confusing, dark, depressing.
sparemethecensor | 3 outras críticas | Jan 8, 2023 |
Quite a frenetic and schizophrenic book. I can see that Hagedorn was attempting to create an intricate picture of the mostly seedy underbelly of Manila but it felt a bit crowded. For example, there is a kind of *gasp* moment near the end that I just shrugged at because I couldn't remember why that character was important. I don't know that it benefited from its large cast of characters. I also don't like feeling cheated at the end and I felt a bit of that reading the two conflicting accounts of what occurred.

Thankfully Hagedorn does spend a little more time with Rio and Joey, probably the two more saner characters in the book. Still, I have to think Hagedorn is trying to say something when 90% of the supporting cast consists of druggies, thugs, colonial elitists, corrupt politicians, loveless neglectful family members, and shallow, vapid women. The book reads more like interweaving vignettes than a novel, and while that makes for exciting reading I do wish Hagedorn spent more time developing Joey and Rio.

I think this book would improve with a second reading, if only because this time I'd be more familiar with the characters and be able to remember them better by the book's end.

Must amend the above based on something I just read out of Lisa Lowe's [b:Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics|2781|Immigrant Acts On Asian American Cultural Politics|Lisa Lowe|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1161517783s/2781.jpg|6704] which I think is a great way to look at the troublesome format of the book: Dogeaters offers scenes, dialogues, and episodes that are not regulated by plot, character, progress or resolution. Both the gossip [tsismis] it features and the format of the novel itself move in a horizontal, or metonymic, contagion rather than through the vertical, or metaphorical, processes of referentiality and signification. Spontaneous, decentered, and multivocal, gossip is antithetical to developmental narrative. It seizes details and hyperbolizes their importance; it defies the notion of information of property" (115). And later: "The association in Dogeaters of insurrection with gossip may refer implicitly to a history of guerrilla strategies that were not centrally organized and to different modes of political practice that have been obscured by the stage of oppositional party nationalisms" (119).

So my demand for more character development can in one sense be seen as a reaction to my looking for a western developmental plotline in a non-western text. Regardless, I still want to read more about Joey and Rio. :)
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1 vote
irrelephant | 3 outras críticas | Feb 21, 2021 |
An interesting mix of voices, languages, and stories. Rio's is the most compelling voice, but other characters fill in the mosaic that Hagedorn creates.
DrFuriosa | 3 outras críticas | Dec 4, 2020 |
Beautifully written. I don't think I've ever read a book about the Philippines before.
bookishblond | 1 outra crítica | Oct 24, 2018 |



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