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By Koichi Hagimoto

In 1898, either Cuba and the Philippines completed their independence from Spain after which instantly grew to become pursuits people expansionism. This booklet offers a comparative research of late-nineteenth-century literature and historical past in Cuba and the Philippines, concentrating on the writings of José Martí and José Rizal to bare shared anti-imperial struggles.

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Francine Masiello goes so far as to claim that “it is impossible to narrate Latin America’s chaos at the end of the nineteenth century without the melodrama” (emphasis in original, 460). One of the most prominent studies of the romantic novels in Latin America is Doris Sommer’s Foundational Fictions: The National Romances of Latin America (1991), which demonstrates how writers in the nineteenth century employ narrative styles and metaphors taken from European and American literatures. Drawing on Michel Foucault, Benedict Anderson, and Fredric Jameson, Sommer explores the ways in which the heterosexual love relationship in Latin American “national romances” allegorizes the political desire for the creation of a unified republic.

Yesterday you were pronouncing it much better in the modern way, but now you should pronounce it in the old way: Feli, I mean, Filipinas! Look, I’m not old! Who do you think you are? It doesn’t matter! Say ‘Filipinas’! I don’t want to. I’m not some old piece of junk . . just past thirty years! She replied, rolling up her sleeves as if she was preparing herself for a fight. Consola, ¿cómo llamas á tu p— país? ¿Cómo lo he de llamar? como me lo enseñaste: Felipenas! ¡Te tiro la silla, p—! ayer ya lo pronunciabas algo mejor, á la moderna; pero ahora hay que pronunciarlo á la antigua!

As the narrator describes, “he had a bit of stutter” (“era algo tartamudo”) (13). His friends make fun of this problem that often keeps them from understanding him. The difficulty of communication makes him vulnerable, something that once again reveals his powerlessness in the face of his wife’s control. Consequently, he can never disagree with her decisions even when her behavior seems outrageous: Her husband knew that some of these things were nonsense, but he kept silent so she wouldn’t scold him and throw his stutter in his face.

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