HomeIDEYA: Journal of Humanitiesvol. 11 no. 1 (2009)

Tales of Two Cities: Carlos Ojeda Aureus’s Nagueños and James Joyce’s Dubliners

Paz Verdades M. Santos

Discipline: Humanities, Philippine Literature



This is a preliminary study of the parallelisms between Dublin’s James Joyce and Naga’s Carlos Ojeda Aureus. It features the time-honored exploration of themes, motifs, and symbols in Nagueños, with reference to analyses of the same elements in Dubliners. It then looks into what Aureus’s Nagueños charts and immortalizes about the City of Naga, compared to the images James Joyce paints of Dublin. The paper concludes that Aureus’s Nagueños is an excellent book that should be included in reading lists of university courses in the Philippines, and also that scholarly work on it should be encouraged.