Digital Encounters: Envisioning Connectivity in Latin American Cultural Production
Published: April 2023© 2023
312 Pages, 6.25 x 9.25 x 1.50 in, 37 b&w illustrations, 3 b&w maps, 8 b&w figures, 1 b&w table
To understand the creative fabric of digital networks, scholars of literary and cultural studies must turn their attention to crowdsourced forms of production, discussion, and distribution. Digital Encounters explores the influence of an increasingly networked world on contemporary Latin American cultural production.
Drawing on a spectrum of case studies, the contributors to this volume examine literature, art, and political activism as they dialogue with programming languages, social media platforms, online publishing, and geospatial metadata. Implicit within these connections are questions of power, privilege, and stratification. The book critically examines issues of inequitable access and data privacy, technology’s capacity to divide people from one another, and the digital space as a site of racialized and gendered violence.
Through an expansive approach to the study of connectivity, Digital Encounters illustrates how new connections – between analog and digital, human and machine, print text and pixel – alter representations of self, Other, and world.
Cecily Raynor and Rhian Lewis
2. Translating (Publishing) Networks from Print to Pixel
3. Digital Geographies of the Hispanic Web
4. Print Then Digital: Material Reimaginations in Anacrón and Tesauro
5. (404) Page Not Found: Technology, Failure, and Disconnection in Zambra’s Mis documentos
María José Navia
6. C$U%B#A#+53: Glitches, Viruses, and Failure in Cuban and Cuban-American Digital Culture
7. The Poetics and Politics of Code: An Analysis Based on Chilean Digital Literature
8. Cyborg Citizenship in Keiichi Matsuda’s Short Film Hyper-reality (2016)
9. Eva Rocha: Digital Desaparecido in the Post-Internet
10. PretaLab: Afro-Brazilian Women’s Digital Autonomy
11. Encountering Virality in Latin(o) American Tactical Media Art
12. “Todas Tenemos Una Historia”: The Connective Storytelling of #MiPrimerAcoso
List of Contributors
"Cecily Raynor and Rhian Lewis have assembled a team of leading scholars to give us a snapshot of the cultural contributions Latin American digital literature has to offer. But more importantly, they show us how Latin America’s cautious, questioning, and ultimately subversive and provocative adoption of digital technologies for artistic production sets an example for the parts of the world that produce and have enjoyed privileged access to them. These essays show how Latin American artists don’t get caught up in the spell of innovation and allure of new digital trends because they have built up a resistance to imperialism, even when it comes disguised as shiny new digital tools. This book is obligatory reading within and beyond Latin American studies because it shows how to engage artistically and responsibly with digital technologies."Leonardo Flores, Professor and Chair in the Department of English, Appalachian State University
"A timely contribution on how Latin American cultural production experiences, debates, and/or resists hegemonic connectivity culture. Anglophone readers will surely profit from discovering Latin American perspectives on digital literature, online activism, glitch and multimedia art, transnational short films, and programming languages in regards to major contemporary debates on algorithmic culture, techno-surveillance, data colonization, and community agency."Claudia Kozak, Professor in the Departments of Literature and Communication Studies, University of Buenos Aires
"The editors of Digital Encounters, Cecily Raynor and Rhian Lewis, have brilliantly captured discussions on the use of digital mediums for expressions of political justice, politics of subjectivity, the role of citizenship, and the nuanced Latin American cultural connections with digitization, just to name a few. It is a must-read for those interested in understanding how these forms of communication affect questions of power, agency, and intention in the Latin American context."Angelica J. Huizar, Professor and Interim Chair of the English Department, Old Dominion University