Publication Announcement: KK 41

September 02, 2023

The editors of Kritika Kultura are pleased to announce the publication of its 41st issue (August 2023). This latest issue of Kritika Kultura, accessible to the public via its website (registration required), gathers five articles in the regular section, 10 articles in the Forum Kritika on Rhizomatic Communities: Myths of Belonging in the Indian Ocean World, and two entries in the literary section.

Edited by Ma. Gabriela P. Martin and Jocelyn Martin, the regular section is composed of Ann Ang’s “What’s Tropical about Nick Joaquin’s Tropical Gothic? Heat and Corporeality in ‘The Summer Solstice’ and ‘The Dying Wanton,’” which explores the notions of tropicality, gothic, and heat in the said short stories by Joaquin; Hannah M.Y. Ho’s “Memory, Haunting, and Duality: Malaysia Amnesia within the Uncanny Home in Chuah Guat Eng’s Days of Change,” which examines Malaysian colonial history via postcolonial memory studies; Richard Rong-bin Chen’s “Ethnography, Born-translated Literature, and Translation: The Case of Syaman Rapongan,” which delves into key disputes in translation studies like domestication and foreignization; Haerin Shin’s “The Shape of Transplantation as Interface: The Craft of Alienation and Reconciliation in Vietnamerica’s Journey toward Diasporic Identity,” which looks into the comics form within the context of intergenerational and transnational trauma; and Mark Iñigo M. Tallara’s “Maranao-Muslim Food Culture in Quiapo: Reimagining the Role of Food and Commensality in Interreligious Understanding in Manila,” which sheds a light on how “food and commensality” could “mitigate differences and tensions and create spaces for peace and harmony.”

Guest-edited by Esther Pujolràs-Noguer and Felicity Hand, the 10 articles in the Forum Kritika on Rhizomatic Communities: Myths of Belonging in the Indian Ocean World respectively examine the works of Abdulrazak Gurnah, M. G. Vassanji, Nayomi Munaweera, Ronnie Govender, Imraan Coovadia, Lindsey Collen, Amitav Ghosh, and Tishani Doshi via a framework that constellates the rhizomatic, historical, and geographical. The articles include “Rhizomatic Communities: Myths of Belonging in the Indian Ocean World” by Esther Pujolràs-Noguer and Felicity Hand; “Gurnah’s Men: Rethinking Muslim Masculinities in the Indian Ocean World” by Felicity Hand; “Suspended Paradise: Survival and Storytelling in Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Afterlives” by Esther Pujolràs-Noguer; “Indian Ocean Nomadic Diasporas: Destabilizing Master Narratives of Belonging in Vassanji’s Short Fiction” by Dolors Ortega; “Ronnie Govender and Asian Belonging Within South Africa” by Maurice O’Connor; “Kaleidoscopic Visions of South Africa: A Study of State and Station in Imraan Coovadia’s Tales of the Metric System” by J. Coplen Rose; “‘Such a Nice Little Place’: Rhizomatic Partnership in Nayomi Munaweera’s Island of a Thousand Mirrors” by Isabel Alonso-Breto; “Lindsey Collen: Indoceanic Solidarity” by Felicity Hand; “Transhistorical Connectivities around the Indian Ocean: Western Colonialism and Climate Change in Amitav Ghosh’s The Nutmeg’s Curse” by Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru; and “‘Effable Nature in Unheard Stories’: Tishani Doshi’s Poetics of Discovery” by Juan Ignacio Oliva.

Edited by Martin Villanueva, the literary section provides space to Mark Cunanan’s “Two Poems” and Jen Mutia Eusebio’s “soundscape : transmit,” which respectively show the capacities of poetry and the essay in tackling the relationship between personal and contextual realities and concerns.

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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