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Philosophy in the Contemporary World

Volume 23, Issue 1, Spring 2016

Mothering from the Margins: Critical Conversations

Harrod J. Suarez
Pages 22-36

Dreaming of Bad Motherhood in the Jungle

This essay explores different versions of motherhood in Jessica Hagedorn’s Dream Jungle, in which the protagonist, Lina, is exposed to, influenced by, and recruited into arguably nationalist and global forms as she navigates the fictionalized filming of Apocalypse Now in the 1970s Philippines. But upon deciding to leave the film set and the nation to go to the U.S., Lina derives insight from alternative sources that enable her to reimagine a diasporic maternal position, one that negotiates her relationship to her child and the Philippines while placing nationalist and global motherhood under erasure.

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