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Book chapter on Colombian digital genres and hypertext fiction

A History of Colombian Literature

A History of Colombian Literature

Claire has contributed two chapters to the book A History of Colombian Literature, edited by Raymond Leslie Williams and published with Cambridge University Press. The book explores the genealogy of Colombian poetry and prose from the colonial period to the present day, and begins with a comprehensive introduction by Williams that charts the development of a national literary tradition.


One of Claire’s chapters looks at Colombian women writers whilst the other, jointly written with Williams, focuses on twenty-first century fiction in Colombia. In this latter chapter, the part written by Claire looks at new digital literary genres and hypertext fiction in Colombia, with particular attention given to two authors in particular – Juan B. Gutiérrez and Jaime Alejandro Rodríguez – who are unquestionably the leading figures in hypertext narrative within the Colombian literary sphere. Here, Claire looks at Gutiérrez’s El primer vuelo de los hermanos Wright (1997) and Condiciones extremas (1998-2005), and at Rodríguez’s Gabriella infinita (1995-2005) and Golpe de gracia (2006). The chapter also makes brief mention of other figures such as Santiago Ortiz and his visualization of Rayuela (2013), and María Paz Ruiz Gil who has made use of the blog for the purpose of writing microrrelatos in her Diario de una cronopia (2009).

The full table of contents of the book, along with a free excerpt, are available from Cambridge University Press.








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