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Storying: dream and deployment
Social Identities (2009)
  • Merlinda Bobis, University of Wollongong
The essay discusses how a militarised community deploys story-telling against actual military deployment and explains how the author attempts a similar tactical response in writing a novel on the subject. The master narrative of militarism subsumes/shatters the small stories of daily life in the village but these stories are re-instated/re-deployed through subversive modes of narrativising. Using lived and told stories from the total war (1987-1989) waged by the Philippine government against communist insurgency - a war that affected the author’s home region - the essay argues that the military term to deploy is, in fact, overturned by the civilian population as they dream up alternative stories.
  • era2012
Publication Date
January 1, 2009
Citation Information
Merlinda Bobis. "Storying: dream and deployment" Social Identities Vol. 15 Iss. 1 (2009)
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