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1 Claire Taylor, University of Liverpool

2 Literary Heritage and Digital Media negotiations of existing literary genres variety of works on a continuum speak back to rich Hispanic tradition of literary experimentation New media genres don’t exist in vacuum Dialogue with pre-digital literary movements: e.g. poesía concretista; caligramas; testimonio; crónica…

3 (New) Hybrid Forms... Twitter-poetry Electronic ballads Blog-aforismos Hypertext short stories Blognovela Novela colectiva Hypertext short stories Hypertext documentaries Anipoemas Microrrelatos.....

4 Twitter Poetry Growing and popular genre Cf Jason Camlot tickertext1 and tickertext2 (2010) Gavin Heaton TwitterPoetry (2007-) creative use of Twitter’s formal aspects, partic. restriction to 140 characters Cf haiku Creative use of digital aspects, partic. possibilities for re-tweetings & linking of Twitter content to other social media platforms Eduardo Navas.

5 Eduardo Navas: Poemita individual micropoems Shared themes: new media technologies themselves; poetic medium; political statements ‘Once upon a time, a cloud became the paradigm of quantification’ time-worn literary trope classic feature of haiku: reference to the natural environment BUT tag clouds: keyword metadata quantified & visualized

6 Electronic Ballads Argentine-Spanish author Belén Gache Radical karaoke (2011) re-mixes set phrases and commonplaces allows the reader-user to create re-mixes of voice, sounds, images, and special effects draws on Hispanic heritage of ballads & oral poetry AND on technologically-enabled karaoke

7 Radical karaoke

8 Radikal Karaoke 3 options: 1. Ex Africa semper aliquid novi 2. Mirad como Kate presume de su anillo 3. We have no past, you have no present Pliny the Elder: Africa always brings us something new Kate Middleton-mania... Intertextual reference to punk...

9 Radikal Karaoke V6: slaves; trapped in system of corporate capitalism Text: ‘nosotros somos los protagonistas’ V4: hyponotized by consumerism, slave to technology… User interpellated into the system

10 Blog-Aforismos Navas’s Minima Moralia Redux (2011-) re-mixes and visualizes Adorno’s Minima Moralia: Reflexionen aus dem beschädigten Leben (written ) Adorno: 153 aphorisms Punning on Aristotle’s treatise on ethics, Magna Moralia Adorno: social practices and institutions, political and economic structures, the bourgeois era and the fate of the individual Andreas Bernard, ‘Adorno’s attempt to spell out the alienation of the individual into its minutest ramifications in everyday life’

11 Challenging the Libro de Aforismos as Genre Adorno: speak out against alienation awaken the reader to his/her situation: Caught in the political and economic structures constructed by the state in alliance with capital very genre itself – a collection of aphorisms – is undermined by the content book of aphorisms is a bourgeois genre conduct literature: how to behave in accordance with societal norms Adorno: unmask the structures underlying social norms

12 Navas’s Aforismos Boxes of lexia, based on Adorno’s original Visualization remixed visualization E.g Aphorism 14 Adorno: ‘Private life however is also marked by this’ Navas: ‘Private life is certainly marked by this, quite inevitably, given that the concept of “private” was originally conceived by the very system that now data-mines it in the name of the emerging social media market’. Just as Adorno critqued the medium of aphorism, so too Navas critiques medium of social media...

13 Aphorisms for the Twenty-First Century Adorno’s aphorismNavas’s remixed aphorism

14 Hypertext Short Fictions Belén Gache, WordToys (2006) 14 individual short fictions e.g. ‘¿Por qué se suicidó la señorita Chao?’ Story: response to the question posed in the title generated at random by an algorithm sequence of lexia in different coloured fonts principal actors in the story – ‘la sociedad china’, ‘la señorita Li’ ‘sus padres’ recombined along with set phrases & outcomes

15 Belén Gache, WordToys (2006) narrative multi-sequentiality as enabled by new media technologies role of character within new narratology YET: limits of these potentially liberatory new media technologies always ends on same concluding sentence to the story: ‘Dado que la sociedad se ha tornado en extremo peligrosa, debemos estar alertas para evitar que nos infrinja a nosotros mismos su golpe fatal.’ Citation from Mao Tse Tung conclusion to the story is already pre-written....

16 Conclusions Continuing dialogue between print and digital formats Literary experimentation online Self-reflexive status Role of reader-user in activating the works Often critique of limitations of digital media technologies...

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