Latin American Cyberculture and Cyberliterature


Latin American Cyberculture and Cyberliterature
Edited by Claire Taylor and Thea Pitman
2007, Universiy of Liverpool Press
256 pages, plates

YOU might call them “cyber-Latinos”, the Latin Americans who have increasingly expressed themselves through cyberliterature and cyberculture: logs and hypertext narratives, collective novels and e-mags, digital art and short Net-films. This is an increasingly important area of cultural production in the region and the essays in this collection provide the first academic focus on it. The first section of this highly innovative book explores cyberculture and identity formation and preservation, including the development of different types of cybercommunities, in Latin America. The second considers the nature of cyberliterature in its many forms, from the legacies of writers such as Julio Cortázar and Jorge Luis Borges to weblogs and hypertext and hypermedia fiction proper. The editors have ensured that contributions consider the implications of this important development in Latin America, and the degree to which such phenomena may risk reinforcing existing social inequalities or perpetuate conservatism. – GJ

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