Publication Announcement: KK 40

March 23, 2023

Publication Announcement: KK 40


The editors of Kritika Kultura are pleased to announce the publication of its 40th 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 40th issue (February 2023) where Kritika Kultura gathers 27 articles and 3 poems on its website.


The regular section, edited by Ma. Gabriela P. Martin and Jocelyn Martin, is composed of Yi Yang’s “Exploring Environment Issues in Children’s Literature: An Ecocritical Study of Zhang Wei’s Works,” which delves into pastoralism, toxic discourse, and ecocentrism based on animism, and E. San Juan, Jr.’s “Gunita, Pagsusumakit, Pagkilala, Katubusan: Isang Pagbasa’t Suri sa Sining ng Desaparesidos ni Lualhati Bautista,” which underscores how the “traumatic terror of the Martial Law regime becomes a concrete universal for all.” 


The Forum Kritika on Dancing Democracy in a Fractured World, guest edited by Victor Merriman and Sarah Black-Frizell, explores dance as a means to explore “democratic concepts, practices, and structures for a fractured twenty-first century.” This section features the following: Merriman and Black-Frizell’s “Weights and Pressures: Precarity and Democracy’s Legislative Subjects”; Caroline Frizell’s “Bodies, Landscapes, and the Air that We Breathe”; Angela Viora’s “Performing (on) Permeable Layers of Dwelling: B.O.D.Y. The Bureau of Domestic Yearning”; Gillian Dyson’s “An Uncanny Performance: Dancing With Tables”; Susanne Foellmer’s “Feeling Dis/Connected: Interweaving Protest in the Online and Onsite Public Sphere”; Simon Ellis, Rowan McLelland, and Rosemary Kostic Cisneros’s “Dance after Lockdown: Living With Paradox”; Regina Salvaña Bautista’s “‘Magsama-sama Tayong Panoorin’: A Creative, Collaborative, and Ongoing Ethnography on What It Means for Sama Banguingui Women Dancing their Identity in the City of Manila”; Daniel Ceeline Ramonal’s “Beyond Dance Movement Notation: Field Reflections as Key in Mapping the Ebola Virus Disease Transmission in the Funeral Ceremonies of Sierra Leone”; Jared Jonathan Luna’s “The Girls that Get It, Get It: On Critical Dance Memes”; Karen Gallagher’s “Identity and Perception and Its Impact on Artistic Choices”;  Thea Stanton’s “Choreographing Immersion: Negotiating Borders, Difference, and Power”; and Sarah Black-Frizell and Angie Pierre-Louis’s “Flesh and Mortar.”


The Forum Kritika on Genders and Sexualities in Asian Cinema, guest edited by Joel David, provides “a snapshot of current concerns in the issue of genders and sexualities in Asian film.” This section is composed of the following: David’s “From Hostesses to Working Girls: Sex Workers in Late 1970s Philippine Cinema”;  Jiang Wei’s “Jiang Qing and the Visuality of the Revolutionary Model Opera Films in the Cultural Revolution”; Yu Taeyun’s “A One-Off Foregrounding in Korean Film: Pornography, Erotica, Technology, Desire”; Kim Jihoon’s “Activism Renewed and Beyond: Korean Feminist Documentary Practices in the Twenty-First Century”; and Maria Luisa Torres Reyes’s “Gendering Genre in Korean Films with Filipino Women Characters.”


The Forum Kritika in Critical Island Studies, guest edited by Oscar V. Campomanes, is an overview of the titular transdisciplinary field, which explores aspects of the islandic, archipelagic, and oceanic. The section gathers papers presented during the International Conference of Critical Island Studies, which Kritika Kultura co-organized with UNITAS in 2019: “Masculinities in Literary Works on Indonesia’s Post-Conflict Ambon Island” by Wening Udasmoro and Arifah Rahmawati, “Mobility, Empire, and ‘Island’ in Colonial Korea” by Jinhyoung Lee, “Island Encounters: Mapping Indigenous Taiwan in the Context of ‘Imperial Archipelagos’” by Iping Liang, “Pulo: A Metonym” by Christian Jil R. Benitez, “‘The More People Come, the Harder Lives Become’: Migration to the Villages around the LNG Tangguh Project, Papua” by Setiadi and Sumini, and “Islands in the Stream: A Spatial Perspective on Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s Reverse Flow” by Faruk.


The literary section, edited by Martin Villanueva, is composed of the following poems, which demonstrate an understanding of poetry’s affordances in their endeavor to explore pressing and vital Philippine realities and concerns: “Still Lifes with Fever” by Mark Anthony Cayana, “HOME/HOSPITAL” by Jose Luis Pablo,  and “IF ONLY I WAS IN HEAVEN” by Rigel Portales.


Acknowledged by Asian and Asian American Studies libraries and scholarly networks, Kritika Kultura 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 its issues and learn about submission guidelines and events on or email the editors at

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