From Mindanao to Malate one gay writer's journey (travel writing and an exegetic essay)

The thesis is composed of four extensive essays/non-fiction narratives about the life of a homosexual poet who hails from Mindanao and ends up living for four years in Malate, the acknowledged gay mecca-cum-ghetto of Metro Manila, as well as an exegetic essay explaining the creative process involved...

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Main Author: Galan, Ralph Semino
Resource Type: Thesis
Language:English
Published: 2005.
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