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Call for Papers: Forum Kritika on Spanish Literature on the Philippines

Kritika Kultura invites interested scholars to submit manuscripts to a Forum Kritika on Spanish Literature on the Philippines, guest edited by Rocío Ortuño Casanova of University of Antwerp (Belgium). Selected papers will be published in the August 2021 issue of Kritika Kultura (ISSN: 1656-152x), an international peer-reviewed journal indexed in, among others, the Arts and Humanities Citation Index (Clarivate), EBSCO, and Scopus. Please submit a title and an abstract (200 to 250 words) together with a short bio (100 to 150 words) to rocio.ortuno@uantwerpen.be by February 15, 2020 (cc: kk.soh@ateneo.edu / subject heading: Spanish Literature).

About the Forum Kritika on Spanish Literature on the Philippines

It has been 20 years since the publication of Facts in Fiction: A Study of Peninsular Prose Fiction (1998) by Lilian H. Chung. This landmark work generated high interest on the topic of Filipino-Spanish literary representations studied from a postcolonial point of view. Her book, often quoted in research on Philippine literature and history over the last years, has however not seen a solid continuation of its endeavour: although several monographic journal issues on Filipino literature in Spanish have been lately published1, none of them include any works on Peninsular Spanish literature on the Philippines. Furthermore, the volumes on Spanish colonial literature systematically overlook literature on the Philippines. 

The reboot of Philippine-centred cultural production that has taken place recently in Spain and led to the remake of the film Los últimos de Filipinas (1945, 2018), the publication between 2001 and 2014 of at least 20 Spanish novels about the Philippines (Ortuño 2015), and the dedication of two episodes of the famous TV series El ministerio del tiempo to the Siege of Baler (2016), makes of this a perfect moment to revisit the topic of the representation of the Philippines from Spain. This monographic issue aims to approach new case studies of (Peninsular) Spanish written works about the Philippines from the 1870s to the 21st century and encourages an examination to the wide corpus available online thanks to different digitization efforts2. This should enable a dialogue between works on Philippine literature in Spanish, recent criticism on the evolving notion of hispanidad (Muñoz 2005), and historical criticism based on Spanish texts on the Philippines mainly of the end of the 19th century (Blanco 2011; Schmidt-Nowara 2008; Rodao 2018), which suggest similarities in the late Spanish colonial discourse with other European colonial discourses of the time.

How does the representation of the Philippines evolve along those 150 years? Are there any recurring tropes? Are works on the Philippines written by Spaniards related to any historical or political landmarks? How does the Spanish discourse about the Philippines converge with or diverge from the discourse about America? And with/from European colonial discourses from the end of the 19th century? These are some of the questions that we seek to explore in this special issue.


1. Kritika Kultura published a monographic section on Philippine Literature in Spanish guest edited by Adam Lifshey in 2013, Transmodernity did the same in 2014 with an issue guest edited by Andrea Gallo, and Jorge Mojarro has recently guest edited two similar monographic issues for Revista de Critica Literaria Lationamericana in 2018 and Unitas in 2019.

2. The database Filiteratura has gathered around 100 books on the Philippines as main topic written by Spanish authors, many of them accessible online on different platforms (Biblioteca Digital Hispánica, Digital Library of UST, among others). See https://filiteratura.uantwerpen.be/ 

Coverage of the Forum Kritika on Spanish Literature on the Philippines

Under the broad theme of Spanish literature about the Philippines, we are interested in receiving papers that address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

• Colonial and postcolonial discourses in Spanish literature about the Philippines

• Recurring topics in Spanish literature about the Philippines (race, gender, sexuality, language, religion/morality, etc.)

• Costumbrismo and Spanish literature about the Philippines

• Case studies on Spanish works in which the Philippines is a relevant topic

• Contemporary discourses on the Philippines in Spanish cultural production

• Dialogues between Philippine and Spanish literary works

• The Philippines and the construction of a Spanish identity in literature

• The Philippines and the idea of Hispanidad in Spanish literature

• Political approaches to the Philippines in literature


Anderson, Benedict. Comunidades imaginadas.Segunda Edición, Fondo de cultura económica, 1993.

Arighi, William. “The Literary Economies of Philippine Costumbrismo.” Hispanic Review, vol. 84, no. 2, 2016, pp. 213-234, 10.1353/hir.2016.0021.

Bardavío Estevan, Susana. “‘¡España es también aquí!’: Nación e imaginario colonial en los cuentos de Emilia Pardo Bazán.” Castilla, Estudios de Literatura 9, pp. 176-203. uvadoc.uva.es/handle/10324/29391 

Bhabha, Homi. El lugar de la cultura. Manantial, 2013. 

Blanco, Alda. Cultura y conciencia imperial en la España del siglo XIX. Universitat de València, 2012.

Blanco, Alda. “El fin del imperio español y la generación del 98: nuevas aproximaciones.” Hispanic Research Journal, vol. 4, no. 1,  2013, pp. 3-18, doi.org/10.1179/hrj.2003.4.1.3.

Blanco, John D. “Race as Praxis in the Philippines at the Turn of the Twentieth Century.” Japanese Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, vol. 49, no. 3, 2011, pp. 356-394, doi.org/10.20495/tak.49.3_356.

Chang, Julia. “Between Intimacy and Enmity: Spain and the Philippines Post-Suez.” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, vol. 17, no. 4, 2016, pp. 305-322, doi.org/10.1080/14636204.2016.1240884.

Chung, Lilia Hernandez. Facts in Fiction: A Study of Peninsular Prose Fiction, 1859-1897. De La Salle University Press, 1998.

Díaz Rodríguez, José Miguel. The Appeal of the Philippines: Spain, Cultural Representation and Politics. Routledge, 2018.

Kramer, Paul. The Blood of the Government. North Carolina U P, 2006. 

Labanyi, Jo. “Imperial desire and masculine crisis in early francoist film representations of the loss of the Philippines and Cuba” Cine y. . .: Revista de estudios interdisciplinarios sobre el cine en español, vol. 2, no. 2, 2010, pp. 1-19, journals.tdl.org/ciney/index.php/ciney/article/download/27/35 

Loomba, Annie. Colonialism/Postcolonialism. Routledge, 2015. 

McClintock, Anne. Imperial Leather. Routledge, 2013. 

Ortuño Casanova, Rocío. “Manila Existe: Filipinas y la recuperación de la memoria histórica en la novela española.” Neophilologus, vol. 99, no. 3, 2015, pp. 433-448, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11061-014- 9425-1.

Pratt, Mary Louise. Imperial Eyes. Routledge, 2008. 

Rodao, Florentino. “‘The Salvational Currents of Emigration': Racial Theories and Social Disputes in the Philippines at the End of the Nineteenth Century.” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, vol. 49, no. 3, 2018, pp. 426-444, https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022463418000346.

Said, Edward. Culture and Imperialism. Vintage, 1993. 

Schmidt-Nowara, Christopher. The Conquest of History: Spanish Colonialism and National Histories in the Nineteenth Century. U of Pittsburgh P, 2008.

Sepúlveda Muñoz, Isidro. El sueño de la madre patria: hispanoamericanismo y nacionalismo. Marcial Pons Historia, 2005.

Spurr, David. The Rhetoric of the Empire. Colonial Discourse in Journalism, Travel Writing and Imperial Administration. Duke U P, 1993. 

Storm, Eric. “El Tercer Centenario del Don Quijote en 1905 y el nacionalismo español” Hispania: Revista Española de Historia, vol., 58, no. 199, 1998, pp. 625-654, hispania.revistas.csic.es/index.php/hispania/article/view/651/645.

Tolliver, Joyce. “Savage Madonnas: ‘La Mujer Filipina' in the Nineteenth-Century Colonialist Imaginary.” Letras Femeninas: A Journal of Women and Gender Studies in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures, vol. 41, no. 2, 2015, pp. 21-34.

Torres-Pou, Joan. Asia en la España del s. XIX. Literatos, viajeros, intelectuales y diplomáticos ante Oriente. Rodopi, 2013.

Vilaseca, David. “The Ambassadors Goes to Manila: The Postcolonial Gaze in Gil de Biedma’s Retrato del artista en 1956.” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, vol. 1, no. 1, 2000, pp. 75-87, doi.org/10.1080/713683432. 

Editorial Procedures and Information for Authors

The title, bionote and abstract (200 to 250 words) (including name[s] and affiliation[s]) should be submitted to rocio.ortuno@uantwerpen.be by February 15, 2020 (cc: kk.soh@ateneo.edu / subject heading: Spanish Literature).

An invitation to write the manuscript will be sent to those whose abstracts are accepted. The manuscript should be original and should not have been published previously. Please do not submit material that is currently being considered by another journal. The manuscript should be in MS Word format, submitted by August 15, 2020 as an email attachment to rocio.ortuno@uantwerpen.be (cc: kk.soh@ateneo.edu / subject heading: Spanish Literature).

Manuscripts must be from 7,000 to 8,000 words; longer manuscripts are contingent on approval by the guest editor. Word count includes the abstract, body text, tables, footnotes, appendices, and references. The title should be on page 1, followed by an abstract of 200 to 250 words, 5 to 7 keywords or key phrases are required. The title of the paper should be on the cover sheet as well as at the top of the first page of the main text. Author names and affiliations should be on the cover sheet only. Manuscripts should follow the MLA format (8th ed.).

All articles in the Forum Kritika on Spanish Literature on the Philippines will undergo double blind peer review: submissions undergo evaluation by the guest editor, followed by at least two anonymous referees. The review process usually takes three to four weeks. Papers accepted for publication will undergo an additional stage of copyediting and proofreading. Once the final version of the paper has been accepted, authors are requested not to make any further changes to the text. The Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to request the author to make any necessary changes to papers, or reject the paper submitted.The special issue will accept and publish up to 7 to 10 articles, contingent on the results of peer reviews.

Guest Editor

Dr. Rocío Ortuño Casanova (University of Antwerp, Belgium, rocio.ortuno@uantwerpen.be)

Important Dates 

• Deadline of abstract: February 15, 2020

• Invitation to write manuscript: March 1, 2020

• Deadline of manuscript: August 15, 2020

• Final approval of manuscripts: November 2020

• Publication: August 2021


For inquiries, please contact Rocío Ortuño Casanova at rocio.ortuno@uantwerpen.be (cc: kk.soh@ateneo.edu / subject heading: Spanish Literature).

About Kritika Kultura

Kritika Kultura (ISSN: 1656-152X) is a semi-annual peer-reviewed international electronic journal on literary, language, and cultural studies of the Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines). It is  acknowledged by a host of Asian and Asian American Studies libraries and scholarly networks, and 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). For inquiries about submission guidelines and future events, visit http://journals.ateneo.edu/ojs/kk or email kk.soh@ateneo.edu.