According to the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Philippine literature was influenced during the American regime in two developments, including culture and education. The first was the introduction of a free type of public instruction that was for all children of school going age. The second was the utilization of the English language in all public schools.Know More
The free education in public schools allowed many Filipinos access to information and knowledge. Those who took advantage of the available education through levels of education, such as college, enjoyed an improvement in social status. The English medium introduced many Filipinos to the Anglo-American ways of thought, life ways and culture. This became embedded in the psyche and literature produced by much of the country’s educated classes. This educated class was the product of vibrant and colourful Philippine literature.
According to the NCCA, during the American regime, the set of new colonizers was able to bring about significant changes to the existing Philippine literature. Some of the literary forms introduced include critical essay, modern short stories and free verse used in poetry. The American influence soon became deeply entrenched due to the establishment of the English language as a medium in public schools.Learn more about Literature
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 >
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 >
English literary works produced in the United States are known as American Literature. Early American literature was primarily written in the New England colonies during the late 18th century. This literary canon includes novels, poems, songs, essays and other writings.Full Answer >
In American literature, a canon refers to a collection of published works that scholars consider to be most influential in the country's culture. The term often extends beyond written works and includes art or music that meet similar criteria.Full Answer >