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Merlinda Bobis (a.k.a. Merlinda Carullo Bobis; Merlinda C. Bobis; Merlin Bobis) b. 1959 (207 works by fr. 1989, 1 works taught in 1 units)

Merlinda Bobis was born in the Philippines and taught for ten years at two universities and a tertiary college in Manila. She completed a Doctorate in Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong, where she became a senior lecturer in Creative Writing.

Merlinda Bobis has published two novels, a short story collection, five poetry books, a monograph of lectures on writing a novel and various stories, poems, plays and articles in literary anthologies, journals and magazines. She has had dramatic works performed for both stage and radio in Australia, Philippines, France, China, Thailand and Slovakia. She is an accomplished performer of her own works, embodying text in theatre, music and dance. She has won more than a dozen national and international awards and fellowships for her writing.

1 Bobis, Merlinda Merlinda Bobis , 2000 single work biography
— Appears in: Who's Who in Contemporary Women's Writing 2000; (p. 41)
1 Open Letter from Merlinda Bobis Merlinda Bobis , 2001 single work correspondence Merlinda Bobis writes an open letter to all those who attended events related to her United States book tour in 2000.
1 Influence : Merlinda Bobis Frances Atkinson , 2001 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 21 January 2001; (p. 12)
Merlinda Bobis provides brief comments on influences in her life and work.
1 Emily Yu Zong Interviews Merlinda Bobis Emily Yu Zong (interviewer), 2015 single work interview
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , October no. 18 2015;
1 Inside the Creative Psyche of Writer Merlinda Bobis Golda M. Sargento (interviewer), 2001 single work interview
— Appears in: Sojourner , October vol. 27 no. 2 2001; (p. 27)
1 Excerpt From Merlinda Bobis’ Novel ‘Fish-Hair Woman’ Chapter 46 : From the novel Fish-Hair Woman Merlinda Bobis , 2012 extract novel (Fish-Hair Woman)
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 12 no. 2 2012;
1 Local Myths in a Global World: Merlinda Bobis' 'White Turtle' Tara Goedjen , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 12 no. 2 2012;
When a Filipina storyteller gives a performance at a writers' festival in Sydney, a mystical white turtle from her native homeland appears in the room, beguiling both audience and storyteller. Merlinda Bobis' 'White Turtle' interrogates the ways in which different cultures react to 'uncanny' narratives - those tales situated between the real and the imaginary, the familiar and unfamiliar. In doing so, the story calls into question our relationships with Self and Other, Self and Self. This paper traces the geographical and mythical trajectories of 'White Turtle', where distinct currents of Asian regionalism and Australian nationalism are linked by a shared, bodily experience of the uncanny, which, in this case, can be categorized as Other. More broadly, the notion of Other (may it be another nation, race, collective unconscious/mythic template, or state of existence) intertwines with the concept of the 'transnational imagination' - a boundless imaginary space where anything becomes possible, including the entrance of a giant white turtle bearing the dreams of dead children. This paper follows Bobis' character, the storyteller Lola Basyon, who travels from the Philippines to Australia, crossing more than geographical borders along the way. Much as the white turtle she conjures totes its shell, Lola inherently carries the myths and traditions of her country into the belief systems and stories of other nations, cultures, minds and bodies - that global flow of the world beyond. [Author's abstract]
1 Untruths Sculpted into Truths : Merlinda Bobis’ Fish-Hair Woman Tristan Foster , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Verity La , March 2012;

— Review of Fish-Hair Woman Merlinda Bobis 2012 single work novel
1 “The Root of All Evil”? Transnational Cosmopolitanism in the Fiction of Dewi Anggraeni, Simone Lazaroo and Merlinda Bobis Paul Giffard-Foret , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Postcolonial Writing , December vol. 52 no. 5 2016; (p. 595-609)
This article exposes the contradictions of cosmopolitan citizenship and world peace in novels by three Southeast Asian Australian women authors. Their fiction questions the viability of transnational sisterhood in an age of humanitarian intervention where women and children have become pawns for renewed western imperialist ventures. This article asks in turn whether the incommensurable space opened up by the failures of various forms of what Stuart Hall calls cosmopolitanism “from above” can be reinvested through “reading up the ladder of privilege”, as proposed by Chandra T. Mohanty. Simone Lazaroo’s Sustenance (2010) and Merlinda Bobis’s The Solemn Lantern Maker (2008) build “grass-roots” forms of cosmopolitanism and touristic hospitality designed to redress the many evils of contemporary postcolonial societies. The Root of all Evil (1987) by Dewi Anggraeni objects to the Spivakian native informant and upwardly mobile migrant woman’s imperious desire to help her homeland’s subaltern female underclass, in light of the latter’s lack of agency and the harm such intervention may cause. (Publication abstract)
1 37 y White Turtle : A Collection of Short Stories Merlinda Bobis , North Melbourne : Spinifex Press , 1999 Z576491 1999 selected work short story
1 10 y Cantata of the Warrior Woman, Daragang Magayon : An Epic Kantada ng babaing mandirigma, Daragang Magayon Merlinda Bobis , Manila : Babaylan Women's Publishing Collective, Institute of Women's Studies, St Scholastica's College , 1993 Z813902 1993 single work drama myth/legend
1 13 y Summer Was a Fast Train without Terminals Merlinda Bobis , North Melbourne : Spinifex Press , 1998 Z242127 1998 selected work poetry drama (taught in 1 units)
1 14 y The Solemn Lantern Maker Merlinda Bobis , Milsons Point : Pier 9 , 2008 Z1473481 2008 single work novel 'It is the cosmic reduced to the simplest terms. Ten-year-old Noland, a mute lantern maker, imagines an angel falling from the sky to the slums where he lives. But it's only an American tourist who is caught in a drive-by shooting of a political journalist. At a busy intersection in Manila, the magical and the seedy collide: shimmering lanterns and poverty, Christmas carols and child prostitution, dreams of friendship and the global "war on terror".' (Publisher's blurb)
1 9 y Rita's Lullaby Merlinda Bobis , Sydney : Australian Broadcasting Corporation , 1998 Z860575 1998 single work drama radio play Summary: Portrait of two Manila street kids, Rita and Jay. Jay survives by picking pockets while Rita works as a child prostitute. Images of her tourist clients never seem to leave her, nor do the memories of her village life shattered forever by military evacuation. The two meet in the city park at night where they fantasise about the food they might eat and try to bury the past. (From Libraries Australia.)
1 11 y Banana Heart Summer : A Novel Merlinda Bobis , Millers Point : Pier 9 , 2005 Z1203928 2005 single work novel
1 13 y Fish-Hair Woman Merlinda Bobis , North Melbourne : Spinifex Press , 2012 Z1828806 2012 single work novel fantasy

'1987. The Philippine government fights a total war against insurgency. The village of Iraya is militarised. The days are violent and the nights heavy with fireflies in the river where the dead are dumped.

'With her twelve-metre hair, Estrella, the Fish-Hair Woman, trawls corpses from the water that tastes of lemon grass. She falls in love with the Australian Tony McIntyre who disappears in the conflict. Ten years later, his son travels to Manilla to find his father.

'From the Philippines to Australia, Hawai'i, to evocations of colonial Spain, this transnational novel spins a dark, epic tale. Its storytelling is expansive, like the heart - How much can the heart accommodate? ... Only four chambers but with infinite space like memory, where there is room for those whom we do not love.' (From the publisher's website.)

1 The World According to Bobis Ronald Manila , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Philippine Times , February 2000; (p. 32)
Ronald Manila writes of Bobis's career in the Philippines, her move to Australia and her continuing contribution to Philippine literature.
1 3 y Ang Lipad ay Awit sa Apat na Hangin Merlinda Bobis , Manila : Babaylan Women's Publishing Collective, Institute of Women's Studies, St Scholastica's College , 1991 Z813899 1991 selected work poetry
1 Untitled Merlinda Bobis , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Feminist Studies , no. 21 1995; (p. 52-54)
1 3 y Locust Girl : A Lovesong Merlinda Bobis , North Melbourne : Spinifex Press , 2015 8597660 2015 single work novel fantasy

'Most everything has dried up: water, the womb, even the love among lovers. Hunger is rife, except across the border. One night, a village is bombed after its men attempt to cross the border. Nine-year old Amedea is buried underground and sleeps to survive. Ten years later, she wakes with a locust embedded in her brow. This political fable is a girl’s magical journey through the border. The border has cut the human heart. Can she repair it with the story of a small life? This is the Locust Girl’s dream, her lovesong—

'For those walking to the border for dear life

'And those guarding the border for dear life'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 Merlinda Faces Up to Burden of Writing Anthony J. Mason , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Monitor , 10 October vol. 10 no. 15 2000; (p. 4)
1 2 y Rituals : Selected Poems 1985-1990 Merlinda Bobis , Manila : UST Press , 1990 Z814052 1990 selected work poetry
1 6 The Query Merlinda Bobis , 1999 single work drama 'The play queries issues of identity and difference and the solutions we have for conflicts arising from such issues.' (Merlinda Bobis, quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald, 10/09/99).
1 Merlinda Bobis's Poem-Plays : Reading Ethics and Identity Across Cultures M. Dolores Herrero , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Portal , January vol. 4 no. 1 2007;
Herrero analyses Bobis' poem-plays to draw attention to their questioning of patriarchal binary divisions and definitions of morality. The author sees in Bobis' work a 'feminist ethics of care' (1). From the journal webpage abstract: 'The aim of this paper will be to show her two poem-plays 'Promenade' and 'Cantata of the Warrior Woman,' not as isolated phenomena, but as part of a rich tradition of (diasporic) Filipino poets and activist playwrights. Moreover, this paper will study these works from the perspective of a postmodern post-foundational ethics' (see: http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/ojs/index.php/portal/article/view/153).
1 Redreaming the Voice : From Translation to Bilingualism Merlinda Bobis , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Rubicon , vol. 1 no. 2 1995; (p. 24-36)
1 Food, Precious Food : Migrating the Palate. Merlinda Bobis , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 28 no. 2 2006; (p. 10-17)
2 3 Border Lover i "right after my long flight,", Merlinda Bobis , 1998 single work poetry
— Appears in: Summer Was a Fast Train without Terminals 1998; (p. 12) Kunapipi , vol. 28 no. 2 2006; (p. 10) Pag-uli = Pag-uwi = Homecoming : Poetry in Three Tongues 2004; (p. 72-77)
1 2 Cantata for Daragang Magayon Kantada kay Daragang Magayon i "daragang magayon,", Merlinda Bobis , 1991 single work poetry
— Appears in: Ang Lipad ay Awit sa Apat na Hangin 1991; (p. 35-36, 95-96)
1 Cantata Crossing Borders Merlinda Bobis , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Intercultural Music : Creation and Interpretation 2007; (p. 76-82)
1 Print i "each pore brims in brine,", Merlinda Bobis , 1990 single work poetry
— Appears in: Rituals : Selected Poems 1985-1990 1990; (p. 21) Summer Was a Fast Train without Terminals 1998; (p. 18)
1 Child i "i knew you inside", Merlinda Bobis , 1990 single work poetry
— Appears in: Rituals : Selected Poems 1985-1990 1990; (p. 25) Summer Was a Fast Train without Terminals 1998; (p. 40)
1 Black Cat i "in the dark,", Merlinda Bobis , 1990 single work poetry
— Appears in: Rituals : Selected Poems 1985-1990 1990; (p. 13-14) Summer Was a Fast Train without Terminals 1998; (p. 35)
1 Panther Time i "you pantherwoman", Merlinda Bobis , 1990 single work poetry
— Appears in: Rituals : Selected Poems 1985-1990 1990; (p. 11-12) Summer Was a Fast Train without Terminals 1998; (p. 36)
1 y Pag-uli = Pag-uwi = Homecoming : Poetry in Three Tongues Merlinda Bobis , Manila : University of Santo Tomas Publishing House , 2004 Z1354530 2004 selected work poetry
1 y Cantata of the Warrior Woman, Daragang Magayon : An Epic Merlinda Bobis , Australia : Australian Broadcasting Corporation , 1998 9738495 1998 single work radio play
1 Grandmother Merlinda Bobis , 1992 single work prose
— Appears in: Scarp , no. 20 1992; (p. 32)
In this brief prose piece, Bobis provides memories of her grandmother. It closes the three pages of the 'Grandmother Sequence' in this volume.
1 Corazon Merlinda Bobis , 1999 single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: White Turtle : A Collection of Short Stories 1999; (p. 108-109)
1 Dream Stories Merlinda Bobis , 1999 sequence short story
— Appears in: White Turtle : A Collection of Short Stories 1999; (p. 108-111)
1 First Night i "i feed in the train", Merlinda Bobis , 1998 single work poetry
— Appears in: Summer Was a Fast Train without Terminals 1998; (p. 32)
1 Rita, Thirteen i "mother glows on my street", Merlinda Bobis , 1998 single work poetry
— Appears in: Summer Was a Fast Train without Terminals 1998; (p. 39)
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