ALVAREZ, Ma. Ailil B.

Asst. Prof. Ma. Ailil B. Alvarez, MA

mbalvarez@ust.edu.ph

Academia.edu

Academic Qualifications

  • Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (Manuel L. Quezon University – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Literature (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Research Highlights

  • 2016 Philippine Studies Association, Inc.: 10th International Conference on Philippine Studies (ICOPhil)
    “Cadence of the Soul: The lyrical articulation of spirituality by three female poets”
  • 2014 Research Colloquium of the UST Department of Literature
    “Beyond Religious Schism and War: Piece of Literature, Literature of Peace”
  • 2013 Research Colloquium of the UST Department of Literature
    “Reclaiming the Voice, Re-Imagining the Self: Towards a Revision of Filipino Post-Colonial Aesthetics”
  • 2012 CDCE-CETA Conference on Language and Literature
    “Improving Accounting Word Problem Comprehension of Sophomores of The UST-AMV College of Accountancy in 2012”

Research Interests

  • Catholic literature
  • spirituality
  • Philippine literature (poetry) in English
  • cultural studies (manga/anime, television and fashion)
  • mythopoeisis
  • film theory and narratology
  • identity theory
  • feminist literary theory

Major Recognitions

  • Finalist, 36th National Book Awards in the Best Literary Criticism/Literary History in English Category (for Slivers of the Sky: Catholic Literary Readings and Other Essays [UST Publishing House, 2016])
  • Publisher of the Year Awardee (as Deputy Director of the UST Publishing House), given by the National Book Development Board and the Manila Critics’ Circle in 2012

Professional Activities

  • Director, UST Publishing House (2017-present)
  • Resident Fellow, UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies (2015-present)
  • Member, Asia-Pacific Writers and Translators (2016-present)
  • Deputy Director, UST Publishing House (2012-2017)

Selected Publications

  • Slivers of the Sky: Catholic Literary Readings and Other Essays (Manila: UST Publishing House, 2016)
  • “Speculations of the Soul: Shades of the Catholic Imagination in Carlomar A. Daoana’s Clairvoyance” (Critical essay published in TOMÁS: The Journal of the UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies, Volume 2, No. 5, pp. 84-103)
  • “Lyric Poetry in Pixel: Toward a Postcolonial and Postmodern Poetics of Digital Texts” (Critical essay published in KRITIK/CRITIQUE: Essays from the J. Elizalde Navarro National Workshop in the Criticism of the Arts and Humanities, 2009-2012, pp. 1-25)