Publication Announcement: KK 39

September 21, 2022

The editors of Kritika Kultura are pleased to announce the publication of its 39th issue. Based in the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines), Kritika Kultura is an international peer-reviewed journal of literary, language, and cultural studies. Read its 39th issue (August 2022) where Kritika Kultura gathers 28 articles, one monograph, and one literary work on its website.

The regular section, edited by Ma. Gabriela P. Martin and Jocelyn Martin, features five articles that respectively delve into communication strategies, teaching novels, literary studies, and fan culture: “COVID-19: Kritikal na Pagsusuri ng Diskurso ng Kagawaran ng Kalusugan sa Unang Yugto ng Pandemya sa Pilipinas” by Alona Jumaquio-Ardales and Nathaniel Oco; “Relational Nation: The Appreciation of Characters in Rizal’s Noli me tángere in Two Philippine Public High Schools” by Filomeno V. Aguilar, Jr., Christian Jil R. Benitez, and Ma. Elizabeth J. Macapagal; “The Advanced Marginality of the Ghetto Dwellers: Stigmatized Territory in Caryl Phillips’s The Lost Child” by Bahareh Nilforoshan and Bakhtiar Sadjadi; “Monsignor Quixote Rides Again: The Beginning of Graham Greene’s Holidays in Spain” by Carlos Villar Flor; and “Exploring Fan Passions Driving Consumer Engagement: The Case of Philippine K-pop and K-drama Fans” by Erik Paolo Capistrano, Michael Patent, and Twila Bergania-De Vega.

The Forum Kritika on Ethical Literary Criticism, Brain Text, and New Readings of World Literature (Part II), guest edited by Biwu Shang and Maria Luisa Torres Reyes, presents 10 articles that explore diversified preoccupations and perspectives in light of ethical literary criticism, brain text, and world literature: Hui Su’s “Brain Text Conversion and Cross Cultural Integration: The Theatrical Adaptation and Performance of  Shakespeare’s Comedies in China”; Qingji He’s “Multiple Brain Texts and Trauma Writing in Don DeLillo’s Falling Man”; Jiayi Chen “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Teenager: Ethical Literary Criticism and David Mitchell’s Black Swan Green”; Mark Louie Tabunan’s “Ethical Literary Criticism and Ariel Sotelo Tabag’s Panangsapul iti Puraw a Kabalio”; Yun Lan’s “Brain Text in Graphic Form: Ethical Identity and Ethical Choices in David Small’s Stitches”; Haifeng Hui’s “A Morally Oriented Crusoe from the West to the East: Brain Text and the Formation of a World Literature Canon”; Alex Taek-Gwang Lee’s “The Invention of the Brain: Artificial Intelligence and Libidinal Symptomatology”; Xinyi Cao’s “How Animals Teach Us to Be Human: Brain Text and Post-Darwinian Animal Fable in Yann Martel’s Life of Pi”; and Ercong Gao and Junwu Tian’s “Brain Text and Traumatic Postmemory in Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.”

The Forum Kritika in Honor of Edel E. Garcellano, guest edited by Mary Grace R. Concepcion and Maria Luisa Torres Reyes, brings together 13 articles that explore one of Garcellano’s keywords: critique; this keyword undergirds the span of his “socially committed critical reading strategies”: “‘Magaling, Datapoua Hindi Tola’: Ang Tula, Isang Katutubo, at Hinggil sa Kathang Tagpo” by Christian Jil R. Benitez, “Toward a Critique-al Filipino Studies Approach: Class, Nation, Writer” by Jeffrey Arellano Cabusao, “Narrative Rupture as History, or the Search for the ‘Missing Text’ in Miguel Syjuco’s Ilustrado and Gina Apostol’s The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata” by Dinah T. Roma, “Ang Walang-Hanggan ay Narito: Ang Sinasabi ng Pasaway na Hangal sa Maikling Imbestigasyon ng Isang Mahabang Pangungulila ni Edel Garcellano” by Ivan Emil A. Labayne, “A Critique on the Practice of Filial Piety in East Asian Confucian Culture: Focusing on Habermas’s Appraisal” by Donghyun Kim, “Models of Revolutionary Action: The Kasama in Ang Bayan” by Karlo Mikhail I. Mongaya, “Rainbow Guerrillas: Gay and Lesbian Narratives inside the Revolutionary Movement in Mindanao” by Jervy C. Briones, “Reclaiming the Indigenous Body: Discourse, Social Media, and the Aesthetics of Igorot Activism” by Jose Kervin Cesar B. Calabias, “On Salvation, Bare Life, and Affective Politics in Raffy Lerma’s Pietà” by Vincent Pacheco, “The Place of Literary Criticism in the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Praxis of the Philippine National Democratic Movement” by Lance Espejo, “Assertions of Truth Through Modes of Fact and Fiction: Texts and Paratexts and the ‘Autobiographical Pact’ in Lualhati Abreu’s Agaw-dilim, Agaw-liwanag and Mila Aguilar’s The Nine Deaths of M” by Mary Grace R. Concepcion, and “The Ecological Terrain of Class War in the Cadre Poetry of Mayamor/Maya Daniel/Roger Felix Salditos” by Jose Monfred C. Sy.

This issue’s monograph is José Duke Bagulaya’s “Righting in the Novel Form: Memories of the State of Exception and Non-Juridical Rights in Ruth Firmeza’s Gera,” which explores the novel’s aesthetics and politics, noting how, through fragmented episodes, the novel renders “the chaotic world of the state exception” and advances “the resistance to its violence in the form of righting.”

Jeff William Acosta’s poems—“I want to be dismembered” and “hold me a little longer, a little slower”—that explore intimacy and violence are featured in the literary section edited by Martin Villanueva.

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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