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Book Chapter on Mestiza/o Cyborgs in Cambridge Companion to Latina/o Literature

Thea Pitman has published a chapter entitled ‘Mestizaje and Cyborgism on Either Side of the Line’ in the Cambridge Companion to Latina/a Literature (CUP 2016), edited by John Morán González.

front-cover-cup-latina-o-literature-1The chapter looks at the body politics of the proliferation of mestiza/o cyborgs in Latino cultural production from the early 1990s to the early 2000s, examining the presence of cyborgism in Alejandro Morales’s novel The Rag Doll Plagues (1992), Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s influential work on the figure of the ‘ethno-cyborg’, and, by way of a coda, the online manifestation of a mestiza/o cyborg ‘principle’ in the work of performance and multimedia artists Los Cybrids. Taking up art critic Jennifer González’s arguments, the chapter contends that, although in the case of Morales’s work the cyborg figure functions as a ‘symptom’ signalling both a Latino rejection of cyborgism and new technology per se as well as a more ambivalent and essentialist attitude to the discourse of mestizaje, in its most radical online manifestations it can be seen to function more as a pathogen, an active agent of a specifically ‘viral’ and resistant form of critically mestizo Latinidad.

The book can be purchased online from CUP.





About Thea Pitman

Professor of Latin American Studies, University of Leeds


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