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Literary and Cultural Circulation

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Edited By José Luís Jobim

An important question concerning literary studies is the circulation of literary works beyond their place of origin. Many other aspects must also be taken into consideration, such as the asymmetric positioning of authors and their work in international circulation, which is conditioned by the relative position of languages and cultures in the global market. This volume focuses on literary and cultural circulation and includes essays that explore this topic through case studies, analysing works and authors from diverse literatures and cultures, and discussions of the theoretical issues surrounding circulation and all that it entails: temporality, place, method, material objects and concepts.

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4 Literatures for a Global Imaginary: The Circulation of Digital Literature in Spanish (Begoña Regueiro, Amelia Sanz and Miriam Llamas)

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Begoña Regueiro, Amelia Sanz and Miriam Llamas 4 Literatures for a Global Imaginary: The Circulation of Digital Literature in Spanish In this chapter, we go over the characteristics of the circulation of digital literatures in Spanish on the Web with the aim of identifying the differ- ences in the ways they function compared to print literature, and hence their specificity as a literary field. We take the circulation of these digital works of art as both a methodological premise for their study and a liter- ary modus operandi that may be studied both in terms of its origins and its mobility. We thus demonstrate that the circulation of digital litera- tures in Spanish is made possible by a variety of strategies that we lay out, and which is examined as a central element in these works with an eye to producing a globalizing effect, thus contributing to the development of a hypermedia, global imaginary. Circulate, globalize, imagine Globalization, circulation, Internet, new readings. Despite the oft-repeated clichés, there is a dearth of objective, properly gauged research to back up the claims surrounding these concepts. It would seem that the time has come for us to ask ourselves if globally used electronic tools and digital rituals are modifying not only the patterns of the production and distribution of writing, but also reading habits as well. It is time to analyze the emergence of new communities of readers and writers with different approaches to reading. Finally, the time has come to...

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