Latin American Cyberculture and Cyberliterature

Claire Taylor and Thea Pitman

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ISBN: 9781846310614

Publication: December 1, 2007

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This collection of critical essays investigates an emergent and increasingly important field of cultural production in Latin America: cyberliterature and cyberculture in their varying manifestations, including blogs and hypertext narratives, collective novels and e-mags, digital art and short Net-films. Highly innovative in its conception, this book provides the first sustained academic focus on this area of cultural production, and investigates the ways in which cyberliterature and cyberculture in the broadest sense are providing new configurations of subjects, narrative voices, and even political agency, for Latin Americans. The volume is divided into two main sections. The first comprises eight chapters on the broad area of cyberculture and identity formation/preservation including the development of different types of cybercommunities in Latin America. While many of the chapters applaud the creative potential of these new virtual communities, identities and cultural products to create networks across boundaries and offer new contestatory strategies, they also consider whether such phenomena may risk reinforcing existing social inequalities or perpetuate conservatism. The second section comprises six chapters and an afterword that deal with the nature of cyberliterature in all its many forms, from the (cyber)cultural legacies of writers such as Julio Cortázar and Jorge Luis Borges, to traditional print literature from the region that reflects on the subject of new technology, to weblogs and hypertext and hypermedia fiction proper.

Claire Taylor is Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Liverpool.

List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Foreword: Latin American Cyberliterature: From the Lettered City to the Creativity of its Citizens - Jesús Martin-Barbero Notes on Contributors Introduction - Clare Taylor and Thea Pitman I Cyberculture and Cybercommunities 1. The New Latin American Cinema: Cortometrajes on the Internet - Debra A. Castillo 2. Cyborgs, Cities, and Celluloid: Memory Machines in Two Latin American Cyborg Films - Geoffrey Kantaris 3. The Cyberart of Corpos Informáticos - Margaret Anne Clarke 4. Latin American Cyberprotest: Before and After the Zapatistas - Thea Pitman 5. Body, Nation, and Identity: Guillermo Gómez-Pena’s Performances on the Web - Niamh Thornton 6. Cyberspace Neighbourhood: The Virtual Construction of Capao Redondo - Lúcia Sá 7. Literary E-magazines in Latin America: From Textual Criticism to Virtual Communities - Shoshannah Holdom 8. Negotiating a (Border Literary) Community Online en la linea - Paul Fallon II Cyberliterature: Avatars and Aficionados 9. Posthumanisn in the Work of Jorge Luis Borges - Stefan Herbrechter and Ivan Callus 10. Julio Cortázar’s Rayuela and the Challenges of Cyberliterature - Rob Rix 11. Contemporary Brazilian Fiction: Between Screens and Printed Pages - Ana Claudia Viegas 12. Creative Processes in Hypermedia Literature: Single Purpose, Multiple Authors - Doménico Chiappe 13. Hypertext in Context: Space and Time in the Hypertext and Hypermedia Fictions of Blas Valdez and Doménico Chiappe - Thea Pitman 14. Virtual Bodies in Cyberspace: Guzik Glantz’s Weblog - Claire Taylor A Cyberliterary Afterword: Of Blogs and Other Matters - Edmundo Paz Soldán Conclusion: Latin American Identity and Cyberspace - Claire Taylor and Thea Pitman Suggested Further Reading Index

... this volume is, without doubt, innovative and pioneering in the field of Latin American literary and cultural studies.
  Iberoamericana, X, 39

I know of few books that offer so much geographical and generic coverage on Latin America … it will become required reading for many courses on film, literature, and culture.
Eva-Lynn Jagoe  
University of Toronto

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 x 163 mm

256 Pages

ISBN: 9781846310614

Publication: December 1, 2007

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