Research





My research is broadly concerned with developing historicist and formalist approaches to the study of literature and economy, with specializations in the Asian American and Philippine Anglophone novel. I am working on two manuscript projects. The first is a study of realism in the Filipino novel in English in relation to the political economy of labor export and migrant remittances. Titled “Remittance Fiction,” the book advances a new history of the Philippine Anglophone novel (1934-2010) by showing how overseas writers—working between the US and the Philippines through an international exchange program of creative writing—forged the representational powers of literary realism to grapple with questions of political-economic development. Theorizing the agency of literature in shaping economic discourse, my project demonstrates how an important precursor to the migrant worker was the migrant writer, whose narratives of return help us elucidate remittances not only as money but also as a social form. The second project extends my ongoing interest in economic and literary history through a study of the link between post-1965 global economic restructuring and Asian American literary emergence in the context of Cold War–era debates about race, family, and so-called neoliberal human capital formation.