Storying: dream and deploymentSocial Identities (2009)
AbstractThe 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.
Publication DateJanuary 1, 2009
Citation InformationMerlinda Bobis. "Storying: dream and deployment" Social Identities Vol. 15 Iss. 1 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/merlinda_bobis/14/