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Call for Papers: Philippine Literature in Spanish

FORUM KRITIKA Call for Papers: Philippine Literature in Spanish

Special FORUM KRITIKA topic in the journal Kritika Kultura

To the rare extent to which Philippine literature in Spanish is recognized to exist, the tradition is almost entirely identified with the life and oeuvre of José Rizal, the late-19th century author of the novels Noli me tangere and El filibusterismo and the poem “Miúltimoadiós.”The appearance of Filipino fiction and poetry in Spanish precedes Rizal, however, and creative publications in other genres as well thrived in diverse and continuous ways for many decades thereafter.

In the past century, a scattering of published surveys and graduate theses has sought to describe the key authors and texts of Philippine literature in Spanish, but virtually no sustained analytical scholarship on particular literary works, outside those by Rizal, has been produced. The object of this Forum Kritika is to encourage the creation of such a critical corpus and thereby initiate long-lasting investigations into the tradition, perhaps the most unknown in the Spanish-speaking world and among all Asian literatures in Western languages.

KritikaKultura will publish four to six papers on Philippine literature in Spanish in the August 2012 or February 2013 issue. All topics on specific texts of the tradition are welcome, but in order to diversify the existing range of scholarship, authors are urged to submit essays that do not focus exclusively on Rizal. Theoretical and/or comparative approaches to texts are particularly welcome, as are essays on any literature, defined broadly, produced in Chabacano in any of its variants (Zamboangueño, Caviteño, Ermitaño, etc.).

All submissions will be subject to peer review. Essays should be 5000-7000 words long and submitted as a Word document to Adam Lifshey, guest editor of this Forum Kritika, at by February 1, 2012. An abstract of 250-400 words should accompany each submission. Regarding style and format, all essays should follow the guidelines of the most recent MLA handbook.

KritikaKultura is an open-access international refereed electronic journal of the Ateneo de Manila University and is available at It is indexed by the MLA and other major databases.


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