Science Fiction and Digital Technologies in Argentine and Brazilian Culture

Author: E. King
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137338768
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Fictional narratives produced in Latin America often borrow tropes from contemporary science fiction to examine the shifts in the nature of power in neoliberal society. King examines how this leads towards a market-governed control society and also explores new models of agency beyond that of the individual.

Science Fiction in Argentina

Author: Joanna Page
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 0472053108
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It has become something of a critical commonplace to claim that science fiction does not actually exist in Argentina. This book puts that claim to rest by identifying and analyzing a rich body of work that fits squarely in the genre. Joanna Page explores a range of texts stretching from 1875 to the present day and across a variety of media-literature, cinema, theatre, and comics-and studies the particular inflection many common discourses of science fiction (e.g., abuse of technology by authoritarian regimes, apocalyptic visions of environmental catastrophe) receive in the Argentine context. A central aim is to historicize these texts, showing how they register and rework the contexts of their production, particularly the hallmarks of modernity as a social and cultural force in Argentina. Another aim, held in tension with the first, is to respond to an important critique of historicism that unfolds in these texts. They frequently unpick the chronology of modernity, challenging the linear, universalizing models of development that underpin historicist accounts. They therefore demand a more nuanced set of readings that work to supplement, revise, and enrich the historicist perspective.

Technology Literature and Digital Culture in Latin America

Author: Matthew Bush
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317548973
Format: PDF
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Grappling with the contemporary Latin American literary climate and its relationship to the pervasive technologies that shape global society, this book visits Latin American literature, technology, and digital culture from the post-boom era to the present day. The volume examines literature in dialogue with the newest media, including videogames, blogs, electronic literature, and social networking sites, as well as older forms of technology, such as film, photography, television, and music. Together, the essays interrogate how the global networked subject has affected local political and cultural concerns in Latin America. They show that this subject reflects an affective mode of knowledge that can transform the way scholars understand the effects of reading and spectatorship on the production of political communities. The collection thus addresses a series of issues crucial to current and future discussions of literature and culture in Latin America: how literary, visual, and digital artists make technology a formal element of their work; how technology, from photographs to blogs, is represented in text, and the ramifications of that presence; how new media alters the material circulation of culture in Latin America; how readership changes in a globalized electronic landscape; and how critical approaches to the convergences, boundaries, and protocols of new media might transform our understanding of the literature and culture produced or received in Latin America today and in the future.

Virtual Orientalism in Brazilian Culture

Author: E. King
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137462191
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Orientalist discourses in Brazilian culture are an expression of anxieties about the re-structuring of time and space in the network age. The book examines engagements with Japanese postmodern culture in Brazil, which emerge in relation to the history of Japanese immigration and through a series of European and North American discursive mediations.

Posthumanism and the Graphic Novel in Latin America

Author: Edward King
Publisher: UCL Press
ISBN: 1911576461
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Latin America is experiencing a boom in graphic novels that are highly innovative in their conceptual play and their reworking of the medium. Inventive artwork and sophisticated scripts have combined to satisfy the demand of a growing readership, both at home and abroad. Posthumanism and the Graphic Novel in Latin America, which is the first book-length study of the topic, argues that the graphic novel is emerging in Latin America as a uniquely powerful force to explore the nature of twenty-first century subjectivity. The authors place particular emphasis on the ways in which humans are bound to their non-human environment, and these ideas are productively drawn out in relation to posthuman thought and experience. The book draws together a range of recent graphic novels from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Uruguay, many of which experiment with questions of transmediality, the representation of urban space, modes of perception and cognition, and a new form of ethics for a posthuman world. Praise for Posthumanism and the Graphic Novel in Latin America '...well-referenced and… well considered - the analyses it brings are overall well-executed and insightful...' Image and Narrative, Jan 2018, vol 18, no 4

Der lange Weg zur Freiheit

Author: Nelson Mandela
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104031541
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»Ich bin einer von ungezählten Millionen, die durch Nelson Mandelas Leben inspiriert wurden.« Barack Obama Eine fast drei Jahrzehnte währende Gefängnishaft ließ Nelson Mandela zum Mythos der schwarzen Befreiungsbewegung werden. Kaum ein anderer Politiker unserer Zeit symbolisiert heute in solchem Maße die Friedenshoffnungen der Menschheit und den Gedanken der Aussöhnung aller Rassen wie der ehemalige südafrikanische Präsident und Friedensnobelpreisträger. Auch nach seinem Tod finden seine ungebrochene Charakterstärke und Menschenfreundlichkeit die Bewunderung aller friedenswilligen Menschen auf der Welt. Mandelas Lebensgeschichte ist über die politische Bedeutung hinaus ein spannend zu lesendes, kenntnis- und faktenreiches Dokument menschlicher Entwicklung unter Bedingungen und Fährnissen, vor denen die meisten Menschen innerlich wie äußerlich kapituliert haben dürften.

Kryptoz n

Author: Pola Oloixarac
Publisher: Verlag Klaus Wagenbach
ISBN: 3803142040
Format: PDF
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Sieht so der Roman des 21. Jahrhunderts aus? Ein Porträt des Hackers als junger Mann und eine schwindelerregende tour de force in die allernächste Zukunft des Menschen. Rasant und rasend klug erzählt von Pola Oloixarac, der vielleicht umstrittensten Autorin der lateinamerikanischen Literatur. Zu Beginn der 1980er Jahre kommen sich in der subtropischen Sommerhitze Brasiliens eine Anthropologin und ein Flugzeugingenieur näher. Das Resultat dieser Verbindung von jüdisch-argentinischer und brasilianischer DNA heißt Cassio Liberman Brandão da Silva: Der Held ist geboren. Sozialisiert mit Castle Wolfenstein und Musik von den Dead Kennedys, erweist sich Cassio früh als Wunderkind der Kryptografie, dessen Viren in der Hacker-Szene als Kunstwerke betrachtet werden. Doch wie so oft bei Genies ohne Talent zur Entschlüsselung ihrer Mitmenschen, vereinsamt er zusehends. Der Programmierjob im Start-up ist eine Beleidigung für sein Gehirn und der Untergrundruhm vergessen – bis aus dem Nerd schließlich ein Weltenretter wird: Als Cassio genetische und digitale Daten zu mischen beginnt, erkennt er eine Wahrheit, die andere Forscher lange vor seiner Zeit bereits erahnt hatten. Auch Pola Oloixarac mischt in Kryptozän den Abenteuer- mit dem Bildungsroman und schafft, angereichert mit einer Prise Science-Fiction und abgründigem Humor à la Houellebecq, den ersten Hackerroman mit philosophischem Tiefgang.

Performa

Author: RoseLee Goldberg
Publisher:
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By RoseLee Goldberg. Photos by Paula Court. Introduction by RoseLee Goldberg. Edited by Jennifer Liese. Text by RoseLee Goldberg, Defne Ayas, Lia Gangitano, Sofia Hernandez Chong Cuy, Anthony Huberman, Lyra Kilston, Andrew Lampert, Christian Rattemeyer.