Philippine literature is typified by Ladino poems and the religious and secular dramas held on various religious holidays or following someone's death. It is heavily influenced by the arrival of the Spanish in 1565.Know More
Philippine literature was primarily oral in nature as most written literature was destroyed. After the destruction of the Philippine written literature by the Spanish during their conquest of the region, Spanish became the predominant language. The promotion of the Spanish language throughout the more accessible parts of the Philippines led to the development of the devotional poetry of the ladinos in the 1700s.
Other languages used in Philippine literature include English to a slight degree, the native Tagalog and other languages native to the Philippines.Learn more about Literature
The Filipino literary contemporary period is characterized by the use of native languages as the main tool of literary expression rather than foreign languages. The contemporary period began in the 1960s but truly began to flourish following the end of the martial-law dictatorship in 1986.Full Answer >
The different literary periods in Philippine literature include the pre-colonial period, the Spanish colonial era, the American colonial era and the contemporary period. Literature in the Philippines evolved as part of the country's changing history.Full Answer >
Contemporary literature is ironic and reflects a society's political, social and personal views. The term "contemporary literature" usually applies to anything written after World War II.Full Answer >
Modernist literature was known for its focus on the inner self and consciousness. It contrasted with the previously popular Romantic period of writing, which took a much less inward focus and dwelled on nature and existence. Modernist literature was largely concerned with the degree to which civilization was declining.Full Answer >