The Philippine short story in English: An overview
This chapter discusses the development of the Philippine short story in English. English was firmly established both as a medium of education and literary expression during the 1920s. There seems to be general agreement among critics that it was in the field of the short story that Filipino writers in English excelled. Many have remarked on the speed with which Filipinos took to the genre, which was born only around fifteen years before the outbreak of the Pacific War. Jose Garcia Villa's collection of stories, Footnote to Youth, had earned from the American critic Edmond O'Brien the comment that Villa was “among the half-dozen short story writers in America who count.” Villa also undertook an annual collection of what he considered the best Filipino short stories in English, a project he was to sustain until 1940. The project played an important role in determining the way in which the short story in English was to develop.
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