Added: August 5, 2017 – Last updated: August 5, 2017


Author: Caroline S. Hau

Title: Did Padre Damaso Rape Pia Alba?

Subtitle: Reticence, Revelation, and Revolution in José Rizal’s Novels

Journal: Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints

Volume: 65

Issue: 2

Year: 2017

Pages: 137-199

ISSN: 2244-1093 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 2244-1638 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 19th Century | Asian History: Philippine History | Represenatations: Literary Texts / José Rizal


Link: Philippine Studies (Restricted Access)


Author: Caroline S. Hau, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto UniversityWikipedia

Abstract: »This article revisits the debate in 2010 among Philippine Daily Inquirer columnists over the question of whether or not, in José Rizal’s novel Noli me tángere, Padre Damaso “raped” Maria Clara’s mother, Pia Alba, a debate inspired by the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill. The article examines how Rizal employs rhetorical strategies of reticence and revelation along with literary onomastics and allusions in his two novels to create meanings and associations that open his novels to multiple, even competing, interpretations. Such ambiguity reveals the artistic, intellectual, and political stakes of interpretation, which involves not only the struggle for understanding and struggle over meaning, but also the struggle to make, unmake, and remake community.« (Source: Philippine Studies)

Wikipedia: History of Asia: History of the Philippines / History of the Philippines (1521–1898), Spanish East Indies | Literature: Philippine literature | Filipino writers: José Rizal / Noli Me Tángere (novel)