HomeIDEYA: Journal of Humanitiesvol. 9 no. 2 (2008)

Ang Nobela Bilang Isang Artipisyo: Metakatha at Galaw ng Asoge ni Cirilo F. Bautista

Gerardo Z. Torres

Discipline: Humanities, Philippine Literature



In this article, Torres discusses some features of metafiction in Cirilo F. Bautista’s Galaw ng Asoge using Patricia Waugh’s Metafiction: The Theory and Practice of Self-Conscious Fiction. Bautista’s novel consciously and systematically refers to its own methods of composition.


Specifically, it makes use of an overly intrusive and creative narrator, problematizes the relationship between literature and reality, and calls for a continuous breaking down of particular conventions of fiction writing. Torres argues that Bautista’s novel will become an instant classic in Philippine literature because of its elegant language, colorful and enduring story, political and social content, and postmodernist approach, particularly its use of metafictive elements.