Publication Announcement: Kritika Kultura 37

September 17, 2021

The editors of Kritika Kultura are pleased to announce the publication of KK 37. Based in the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines), KK is an international peer-reviewed journal of literary, language, and cultural studies. Read its 37th issue (Aug 2021) where KK gathers a total of 25 articles and five literary works on its new website.

The regular section hosts nine essays of varied critical trajectories. Niyi Akingbe traces the turn in Robert Serumaga’s works from an aesthetics of absurdity to a politics of revolt during Idi Amin’s regime, while Kar Yen Leong notes the possibility of historical reconciliation through family counternarratives in Post-Suharto Indonesia. On diasporic identities, Isabel Alonso-Breto scrutinizes the Sri Lankan Tamil diasporic identity as negotiated by different generations, while Ashma Shmail examines the features of diasporic Gullah/Geechee identity in their rituals. Inas Samy Abolfotoh reads Canadian poetry via material Islamecocritical theory, while Danica Čerče points out the capacity of Jeanine Leane’s poetry to interrogate the construction of a Eurocentric world. Making use of archival resources, Sofa Marwah, Soetji Lestari, and Tri Rini Widyastuti assert the contributions of Bagelen women to Javanese cultural development despite patriarchal hegemony. Dhayapari Perumal, Shanthini Pillai, and Melissa Shamini Perry study how digital book applications, as semiotic artefacts, change the way South Asian (Indian) children engage with stories. Lastly, Luis Cordeiro-Rodrigues underscores the ways American animal law legally discriminates against disadvantaged class and ethnic groups. The articles in the regular section were edited by Ma. Gabriela P. Martin and Jocelyn Martin, managing editors of KK.

The Forum Kritika on Spanish Literature on the Philippines, which Rocío Ortuño Casanova guest edited, brings together articles by Susana Bardavío Estevan, Jorge Mojarro, Cristina Guillén Arnáiz, Joyce Tolliver, Aaron Castroverde, and Beatriz Álvarez-Tardío that further the study of Spanish colonial writings on the Philippines from the 16th century to the 20th.

Guest edited by Biwu Shang and Maria Luis F. Torres Reyes, the Forum Kritika on Ethical Literary Criticism, Brain Text, and New Readings of World Literature curates the works of Zhenzhao Nie, Biwu Shang and Fong Keng Seng, Gexin Yang and Hongxia Zheng, Yanyan Jia and Houliang Chen, Songlin Wang, Yili Tang, Wen Guo, and Maosheng Liu that interrogate the phenomenon of the brain text and expand its theoretical preoccupations.

The literary section, with editor Martin Villanueva, features an essay by Ana Margarita R. Nuñez based on her conversations with her Turkish neighbor and four works of translation by Allan N. Derain, Jael Mendoza, and E. San Juan, Jr., which are self-translations, and by Hang Lin, which translates Huang Yongmei’s “Father’s Rearview Mirror” into English.

Acknowledged by Asian and Asian American Studies libraries and scholarly networks, KK is indexed in the MLA International Bibliography, Arts and Humanities Citation Index (Clarivate), Scopus, EBSCO, the Directory of Open Access Journals, and the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs (ICCTP). Read KK issues and learn about submission guidelines and events on or email the editors at