Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University-–in cooperation with Rizal Library-–will be hosting a lecture by Dr. Patricia May B. Jurilla titled “The Contested, Conflicted History of the Filipino Novel in English.” The lecture will be on December 8, 2014, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at 4/f new Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University.

Jurilla’s abstract reads: “Since its first appearance in 1921, the Filipino novel in English has always existed at a disadvantage, having to struggle with the reading public’s preference for writings in the vernacular languages, a small and not entirely receptive market, and stiff competition from imported English-language novels. What made Filipino authors produce novels in English then? And why did they continue to do so in increasing numbers throughout the years? “This lecture will explore the publishing history of Filipino novels in English during the twentieth century. It will identify the general trends and patterns as well as some peculiarities and curiosities in the production of the novels while paying some attention to how this relates to the publishing of the genre in Tagalog/Filipino. Ultimately, the lecture seeks to establish that the production of English-language novels in the Philippines was driven less by market or commercial forces than by literary, political, and social events—or, one might say, by contests and conflicts in particular.”

Patricia May B. Jurilla is Associate Professor at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, where she teaches book history and literature. She earned her PhD on the History of the Book in the Philippines from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is the author of Tagalog Bestsellers of the Twentieth Century: A History of the Book in the Philippines (Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2008), among various other books and articles on Philippine printing and publishing.