Latin American Cyberculture and Cyberliterature

BookLatin American Cyberculture and Cyberliterature

Latin American Cyberculture and Cyberliterature


December 1st, 2007



Other Formats



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.

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

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

Iberoamericana, X, 39

Author Information

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

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
List of Illustrations7
Foreword: Latin American Cyberliterature: From the Lettered City to the Creativity of its Citizens11
Notes on Contributors16
I: Cyberculture and Cybercommunities49
1: The New New Latin American Cinema: Cortometrajes on the Internet51
2: Cyborgs, Cities, and Celluloid: Memory Machines in Two Latin American Cyborg Films68
3: The Cyberart of Corpos Informáticos88
4: Latin American Cyberprotest: Before and After the Zapatistas104
5: Body, Nation, and Identity: Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s Performances on the Web129
6: Cyberspace Neighbourhood: The Virtual Construction of Capão Redondo141
7: Literary E-magazines in Latin America: From Textual Criticism to Virtual Communities158
8: Negotiating a (Border Literary) Community Online en la línea179
II: Cyberliterature: Avatars and Aficionados195
9: Posthumanism in the Work of Jorge Luis Borges197
10: Julio Cortázar’s Rayuela and the Challenges of Cyberliterature212
11: Contemporary Brazilian Fiction: Between Screens and Printed Pages225
12: Creative Processes in Hypermedia Literature: Single Purpose, Multiple Authors234
13: Hypertext in Context: Space and Time in the Hypertext and Hypermedia Fictions of Blas Valdez and Doménico Chiappe245
14: Virtual Bodies in Cyberspace: Guzik Glantz’s Weblog262
A Cyberliterary Afterword: Of Blogs and Other Matters275
Conclusion: Latin American Identity and Cyberspace281
Suggested Further Reading286