Barthesian Semiologies on Selected Short Stories of Bienvenido Santos (70564)

Session Information: Challenging & Preserving: Culture, Inter/Multiculturalism & Language
Session Chair: Jose Macatangay

Thursday, 23 November 2023 17:30
Session: Session 5
Room: Room 703
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

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The study applies Roland Barthes' semiologies in the selected short stories of Bienvenido N. Santos (BNS). For the first level of signification, the short stories' intrinsic elements, such as images, characters, characterization, setting, figures of speech, and dialogues, were used to demystify the signifier signified relationship. For the second level of signification, the connotations were deconstructed to achieve the mythical level of signification that ultimately led to the hidden ideological functions. Behind the Filipino American psychological struggles in the stories based on the characters' exilic experiences is a Filipino with pride in fulfilling his dreams of becoming an American citizen. In realizing a Filipino's American dream is a powerful and autocratic hegemonic group that imposes its norms on the citizens of a country that used to be its colony. While literature aspires to social emancipation, it may also promote the "hegemony of the powerful classes." This study, which applies the Barthesian semiologies, proves that instead of playing the ideal part in decolonization, literature colonizes, like the artifacts of popular culture. Future researchers may apply the Barthesian semiologies in Philippine literature, in other anthologies of Bienvenido Santos, and the 21st-century diaspora literature.

Jose Macatangay, De La Salle Lipa, Philippines

About the Presenter(s)
Dr. Jose C. Macatangay is an Associate Professor at De La Salle Lipa, Lipa City, Batangas, Philippines.

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