About

Contemporary Spanish Literature. Electronic Literature. Digital Humanities. Transatlantic Studies. Spanish Civil War. Spanish Transition. Digital Media and Culture

Education

 

 




  • Ph.D. 2012. Hispanic Studies. University of California, Riverside. Specialization: Spanish Peninsular Literature, 19th to 21st Centuries. Dissertation: Mutatis Mutandi: Spanish Literature of the New 21st Century. Directed by Distinguished Professor David Herzberger

  • M.A. 2009: Foreign Languages and Pedagogy (Spanish). Linguistics, Literature and Culture of the Spanish World .University of Delaware, Newark

  • B.A. 2007: Interpreting and Translation (English, French, Spanish). University of Granada, Granada. Spain

  • Diploma. 2005: Modern Languages (English, Spanish, French) University of Northumbria at Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne. United Kingdom 


 

Publications

 


Monograph


#Postweb! Crear con la máquina y en la red. Madrid: Iberoamericana-Vervuert, 2018.


 


This book explores the role of digital technologies in recent literary experimentation in Spain throughout the last two decades. I look at print books where their digital conception has left a traceable, literary mark (recent novels and poetry by Vicente Luis Mora, Jorge Carrión, Agustín Fernández Mallo, Robert Juan Cantavella and Javier Fernández), as well as born-digital objects living online (Belén Gache’s digital poetry, blog novels, and performances and Doménico Chiappe’s hypertextual novels). Digital media is no longer seen as novelty, but as a sign of our present time, changing the way writers relate to the past, history, and their record. In the Spanish case, digital experimentation with literary forms (and other forms of memory) is conceptualized as a rejection of the prevalent literary canon, in decay since the financial and institutional crisis of 2008.


 


Peer-Reviewed Edited Collections


 


Futuros. Imaginarios digitales de las Españas posibles. Alex Saum-Pascual and Álvaro Llosa Sanz Eds. Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies. (Forthcoming Spring 2024)


 


Electronic Literature [Frame]works for the Creative Digital Humanities. Alex Saum-Pascual and Scott Rettberg Eds. Electronic Book Review. August 2020-December 2020


 


Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals


 


“Memory Traces: Printed Electronic Literature as a Site of Remembrance.” Comparative Literature Studies, 57.1 (2020): 69-94


 


“Digital Creativity as Critical Material Thinking: The Disruptive Potential of Electronic Literature.” Electronic Book Review. August 2020


 


“Introduction: Electronic Literature as a Framework for the Digital Humanities.” Electronic Book Review. August 2020. Co-authored with Scott Rettberg.


 


“Is Third Generation Literature Postweb Literature? And Why Should We Care?” Electronic Book Review. May 2020


 


“Fragmentation and the Digital City: An Analysis of Vicente Luis Mora’s Circular 07. Las afueras.Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, 53.2 (2019): 605-632


 


“Teaching Electronic Literature as Digital Humanities.” Digital Humanities Quarterly, 11.3 (2017): 1-14


 


“Alternativas a la (ciencia) ficción en España: Dos ejemplos de literatura electrónica en formato impreso.” Letras Hispanas, 11 (2015): 239-259


 


“Literatura española post-web: Al borde de lo virtual, lo material y la historia. El caso de Jordi Carrión.” Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, 18 (2014): 115-133


 


“La poética de la Nocilla: Transmedia Poetics in Agustín Fernández Mallo’s Complete Works.” Caracteres. Estudios culturales y críticos de la esfera digital, 3.1 (2014): 81-99


 


Desalmados. Hipertextos y biopolítica en el mundo de la webserie española.” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, 13.1 (2012): 19-38. Co-authored with Freya Schiwy


 


“Él, ella y él: Análisis de la inversión de los roles masculino y femenino en ‘Las caras de la medalla’ y ‘Ciao, Verona’ de Julio Cortázar.” Espéculo. Revista de estudios literarios, 40        (November, 2008): 1-18


 


 


Book Chapters/Essays in Peer-Reviewed Edited Collections   


 


“Algorithms, the Earth and the Spanish State: The Politics of Making Digital Art.” The Routledge Companion to Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Spain: Ideas, Practices, Imaginings. Elena Delgado and Eduardo Ledesma Eds. Routledge, 2022 (Forthcoming)


 


“Materialidad digital, algoritmos y otras abstracciones modernas.” Exocanónicos. Escritura en el horizonte: las fuerzas centrífugas de la literatura actual en español. Daniel Escandell Eds. Iberoamericana-Vervuert, 2022 (Forthcoming)


 


“El ensayo material: Sobre la práctica de una escritura digital [femenina].” Mujer, arte y tecnología. María Goicoechea and Laura Sánchez Eds. Madrid: Editorial CSIC, 2021 (Forthcoming)


 


“Toys and Toons: From Hispanic Literary Traditions to a Global E-Lit Landscape.” Electronic Literature as Digital Humanities: Contexts, Forms, and Practices. Dene Grigar and James O’Sullivan Eds. Bloomsbury, 2021. 43-53


 


“As We May Think/ Escribir es escribir como si escribiéramos en presente” in Fobias – Fonias – Fagias. Escritas Experimentais e Eletrónicas Ibero-Afro-Latinoamericanas. Claudia Kozak and Rui Torres Eds. [Coleçao Cibertextualidades]. Porto: Publicaçoes Universidade Fernando Pessoa, 2019.


 


“Carmen Martín Gaite: Una provocación desde la cultura digital.” Hispania, 98.4 (2015): 674-675


 


“Por qué Dolerse. La relevancia de un texto híbrido.” Dolerse, textos desde un país herido/ Condolerse. By Cristina Rivera Garza. México DF: Sur+ Ediciones, 2015


 


 


Other (Academic) Writing


 


“Definition” Amaranth Borsuk, Ed. Short definition. The Book: 101 Definitions. Montreal: Anteism, 2021. p81


 


“What Is a Book? 101 Responses” Amaranth Borsuk, Ed. Short definition in American Book Review 41 (July/August 2020): 4-26


 


“Sore Thumbs,” invited blog post Arts Research Center. 4/14/20


 


“Una literatura desbordada: libros de escritoras publicados solo en formato digital” Lista Arcadia 2019. Revista Arcadia: Periodismo cultural narrativo. 12/8/19. Online issue


 


“¿Qué es ciberpoesía? (video essay). Poesía en red y ciberpoesía. Campos Fernández-Fígares, Mar and Escandell Montiel, Daniel. Eds. Alicante: Fundación Cultural Miguel Hernández, 2019


 


“Material y sustancia.” Introduction. Fricciones. By Maricela Guerrero. México DF: Centro de Cultura Digital, Secretaría de Cultura, 2016


 


“El robot que escribía cartas de amor.” Matador. Revista de Cultura, Ideas y Tendencias 1995-2022 (S-Futuro, 2016): 130


 


“Ejemplo de cambio de paradigma estético contemporáneo.” Crónica de viaje (Remake). By Jorge Carrión. Badajoz: Aristas Martínez, 2014


 


Reviews/ Critical Responses 


 


“A review of Emblem/as, a work of electronic literature exploring personal and geographic cartography, created by Tina Escaja.” Reviews in the Digital Humanities, 2.6 (2021)


 


“Cultures of Anyone: Studies on Cultural Democratization in the Spanish Neoliberal Crisis by Luis Moreno-Caballud. Review by Alex Saum-Pascual.” Revista Hispánica Moderna, 72.1 (2019): 122-25


 


Narrativas mutantes: Anomalía viral en los genes de la ficción. Mihai Iacob y Adolfo R. Posada (eds.).” Revista Caracteres, 4.2 (2018): 163-168


 


“Cuando cualquiera escribe. Procesos democratizadores de la cultura escrita en la crisis de la Cultura de la Transición española, por Luis Moreno-Caballud.” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, 15.1-2 (2014): 37-38


 


“Dorwick, Thalia, Ana María Pérez Gironés, Marty Knorre, William R. Glass and Hildebrando Villarreal. ¿Qué tal?: An Introductory Course.NECTFL REVIEW. 63 (2008-2009): 117-120


 

Memberships


  • Red Latinoamericana de Literatura Electrónica

  • Asociación Internacional de Humanidades Digitales Hispánicas

  • Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (Association for Computers and Humanities)

  • Electronic Literature Organization

  • Modern Language Association

  • Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

  • American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese

  • American Comparative Literature Association

  • Association for Contemporary Iberian Studies

  • Sigma Delta Pi, Kappa Upsilon Chapter

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