N.V.M. Gonzalez (1915-1999)

A selective list of online literary criticism on the Filipino-American short-story writer, novelist, and essayist N.V.M. Gonzalez, favoring signed scholarly articles and books, peer-reviewed sources, and web sites that adhere to the MLA Guidelines for Web Sites.


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Bayuga, Rosy May. "Gonzalez's Sabel: A Brown Madonna." [character in A Season of Grace]. Philippine Studies 45, 1 (1997).

Cheung, King-Kok. Publisher's blurb for An Interethnic Companion to Asian American Literature (Cambridge UP 1997). A sample chapter is available: click on the "look inside" tab. Includes "Filipino American Literature: N. V. M. Gonzalez to Oscar V. Campomanes."

Espiritu, Augusto Fauni. Publisher's blurb for Five Faces of Exile: The Nation and Filipino American Intellectuals (Stanford UP 2005). Includes chapter by Augusto Fauni Espiritu, "Nativism and Negation: N.V.M. Gonzalez."

Lawrence, Keith and Floyd Cheung, eds. Publisher's blurb for Recovered Legacies: Authority and Identity in Early Asian American Literature. Includes chapter "The Pre-History of an Asian American Writer: N.V.M. Gonzalez' Allegory of Decolonization," by Augusto Fauni Espiritu.

Gotera, Vincente F. "The Bread of Salt and Other Stories." Writes Gotera, "Gonzalez bridges the pioneers, Carlos Bulosan and Bienvenido Santos, with today's trailblazers, Jessica Hagedorn and Ninotchka Rosca. As do these other writers, Gonzalez traces the troubling and troubled web of colonial, postcolonial and neocolonial intersections in the Philippines." Studies in Short Fiction, Winter 1995

"N.V.M. gonzalez: An Affair With Letters." A web site on N.V.M. Gonzalez, publisher unknown.

"N.V.M. Gonzalez: Filipino Writer."A tribute to N.V.M. Gonzalez, includes brief biography and personal memories. Published by the Philippine American Literary House.

Among the best known works by N.V.M. Gonzalez are the novels The Winds of April, The Bamboo Dancers, and A Season of Grace; the short story collections Children of the Ash-Covered Loam and The Bread of Salt and Other Stories; and essay collections Work on the Mountain and The Novel of Justice: Selected Essays.


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