Jessica Hagedorn Essays
Bong-Bong's Degeneration College
The Blossoming of Bongbong
In the short story “The Blossoming of Bongbong,” the main character, Bongbong, moves to America with big hopes to reshape his life and achieve success. This vague notion of the American dream leads to Bongbong’s desire for the quintessential, yet...
“Unable to Break Free of Him”: Sexuality and Postcolonialism in Dogeaters College
In Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters, stories of characters from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds give readers a taste of life in 1950s Manila, Philippines under a dictatorship. For much of the text, it seems that Hagedorn’s female characters are able...
A Close Reading of “Kundiman” in Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters: Character Portrayal through Religious Symbolism of the Stigmata College
Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters is an intricately written novel that weaves multiple threads of narrative through the Philippines of the 1950s. Within its depiction of the disarrayed postcolonial country, various literary devices are used to enhance...