Publication Announcement: KK 42

December 11, 2023

The editors of Kritika Kultura are pleased to announce the publication of its 42nd issue (November 2023). This latest issue of Kritika Kultura, accessible to readers via its website (registration required), gathers six articles in the regular section and two entries in the literary section.

Edited by Ma. Gabriel P. Martin and Jocelyn Martin, the regular section is composed of “Multispecies Soundscape in Mo Yan’s Red Sorghum by Qianqian Chen and Joan Qionglin Tan, which traces the novel's multispecies soundscape, focusing on the links among "mankind, animals, and other life forms"; “Ethical Dilemma and Narrative Strategies in David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly (1988 and 2017)” by Xin Zhang and Shumin He, which compares two versions of M. Butterfly, highlighting the capacity of the 2017 version to counter racist mentalities and Orientalist narrative discourse; “The Forming of Ethical Evaluation of Shuihu Zhuan in the Context of Guanxi Culture” by Ruihui Han, which examines the Ming dynasty knight errant novel Shuihu Zhuan, emphasizing its portrayal of bao and qing principles within the context of guanxi culture; “Resisting and Transgressing White Patriarchal Constructions of Race and Gender” by Danica Cerce, which argues that poetry is a site that can interrogate "subjectivity, indigeneity, and whiteness" while at the same time offers possibilities for "cross-cultural relationality"; “The Erotic as a Marvelous Real Paradigm: Hurston and Conjure Feminism” by Patricia Coloma Peñate, which identifies the presence of "female liberatory epistemologies"; and “Nationalism, Feminism, and Modernity in Maria Paz Zamora-Mascuñana’s Mi obolo” by Diana Villanueva Romero, which underscores how Mi obolo was a means to express "the ideal of independence of a Filipina who interspersed her work with elements that speak of a time of transition into . . . modernity."

Edited by Martin Villanueva, the literary section features two entries that show how the capacities of translation and the essay can render, be alert to, and interrogate the relationship among issues of gender, politics, family history, and literary form, namely:  “Porno” by Thai writer Wiwat Lertwiwatwongsa and translated into English by Peera Songkunnatham and “Sari, Sari” by Kent De Lima.

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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