The latest book by CLAS researcher Claire Taylor, in collaboration with her co-author Thea Pitman, of the University of Leeds, has just come out. Entitled Latin Unknown-1American Identity in Online Cultural Production and published with Routledge, it focuses on the transformations or continuations that cultural products and practices such as hypermedia fictions, net.art and online performance art, as well as blogs, films, databases and other genre-defying web-based projects, perform with respect to Latin American(ist) discourses, as well as their often contestatory positioning with respect to Western hegemonic discourses as they circulate online.

Reviews:

“This book is an original contribution to an exciting new field and provides a grounding for cybercultural studies in the historical framework of Latin American cultural studies as well as in Anglo-American cybercultural critical discourses.”

Scott Weintraub, The University of New Hampshire

“Taylor and Pitman, the leading scholars in this subject, have given a new epistemological look at Latin American culture and its lettered citizens—including USA Latinidad—by acknowledging and analyzing the (frequently contestatory) cybernetic turn in the region. No study like this has been attempted before and it is a long overdue approach within Latin American Cultural Studies. Scholars, students, and generalist readers will find extremely engaging each of the chapters covering the interplay between cultural products/practices and the cyber condition of our times. This superbly researched book is the necessary cartographical guide to navigate the re-imagined/remediated identity in Latin America.”

Luis Correa-Díaz, University of Georgia

You can purchase a copy of the book, and also recommend it to your librarian, from the publisher’s website.

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