Publication Announcement: KK 38

April 01, 2022

The editors of Kritika Kultura are pleased to announce the publication KK 38. 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 38th issue (February 2022) where KK gathers 27 articles and two works of translation on its website.

The regular section hosts ten essays of varied critical trajectories: Ignacio Ballester Pardo studies Tomás Calvillo Unna’s poetry book Filipinas, textos cercanos using an ecocritical and historical framework; Roghayeh Farsi and Abbas Ali Hallaji  look into Anna Burns’s novel Milkman via cognitive studies; Jeremy De Chavez scrutinizes Jollibee’s 2016 digital marketing campaign through the lens of affect theory and psychoanalysis; Hyunyoung Lee and Jooyoung Kim read Basho’s poetry via mobility studies; Benham Fomeshi compares Walt Whitman with Nima Yushij in view of translating democratic discourse into literary discourse; Sheikh Mehedi Hasan posits that postcoloniality is a global condition that takes after colonial capitalism; Debjani Sarkar and Nirban Manna point out how the novels The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri and Guns on My Red Earth by Swati Sengupta problematize the class and caste system during the Naxalite/Maoist insurgency in India; Jane Qian Liu reads Zhang Chengzhi’s novella Rivers of the North in light of Cultural Revolution; Ryan Ku engages with modernist unfolding of psychic and national trauma in Tony Perez’s collection Cubao-Kalaw Kalaw-Cubao; and Christian Jil R. Benitez revaluates the Tagalog poem “May Bagyo Ma’t May Rilim” towards a folk traumaturgy. These articles were edited by KK managing editors Ma. Gabriela P. Martin and Jocelyn Martin.

The Forum Kritika on Theorizing Corporeality in the Climate Change Era, which Simon C. Estok guest edited, brings together the articles of Chao Xie, Young-Hyun Lee, Péter Hajdu, Yina Cao and Xudong Guo, Wei Guo and Peina Zhuang, Won-Chung Kim, and Estok. This section explores interrelated concerns such as the impact of climate change on the body, the relationship between physical landscapes and comparative corporeal theory in literature and film, and various ways of conceptualizing the body.

The Forum Kritika on Goa Before India: Late-Colonial Goan Society and Culture, which was guest edited by Paul Melo e Castro and Jason Keith Fernandes, reflects on what Goa was prior to its integration into India. This section gathers the articles of Dale Luis Menezes, Favita Rochelle Dias, Fernandes, Amita Kanekar, Luis Pedroso de Lima Cabral de Oliveira, Sandra Ataíde Lobo, Cielo G. Festino, and Melo e Castro.

The literary section, with editor Martin Villanueva, features two works of translation into English, namely: “Tahir and Zohra,” an Azerbaijani love dastan, which was translated by Krishnavanie Shunmugam, Amin Amirdabbaghian, and Shahla Naghiyeva; and “On the Road,” a Korean short story by Nancheon Kim, which was translated by Jinhyoung Lee.

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

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