Inside Out, Outside In: Teaching World Literature through Philippine Literature

Inside Out, Outside In: Teaching World Literature through Philippine Literature

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Title of the Text: Inside Out, Outside In: Teaching World Literature through Philippine  Literature

Author/s of the Text: Resil B. Mojares

Title of the Journal/Publication: Kritika Kultura

URL or web address: http://journals.ateneo.edu/ojs/index.php/kk/article/view/2046

Main Idea:      This paper critiques mechanistic conceptions of “world literature” and “Philippine regional literature” under the proposed new curriculum, and proposes an approach that stresses the interactive, mutually constitutive relations between the two, and thus requires a pedagogical plan in which world literature is taught through Philippine literature and vice versa.

Evidences that supports the main idea:

  • Critics of the K-12 plan have reacted to the decision to reduce the number of hours for literature courses from 160 to 80 by collapsing the two subjects, World Literature and Philippine Regional Literature, into a single course.
  • Even as the two subjects have been combined, I understand that Philippine and world literatures will be taught as two distinct parts of one course rather than integrated into a single learning.
  • The fact of the matter is that Philippine literature is a necessary constituent of world literature.
  • It is pedagogically effective to start out from the learner’s own home environment; that it is theoretically and critically sound to begin with the nation’s “local” (or “regional”) constituents instead of assuming that the “national” is already given and unproblematic.

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