In recent years my research has focused on studying the impact that recent technological developments have had on the cultural and literary field.
In my book, The Art of Narrating in the Age of Blog-fictions, I study this impact both at a theoretical and at an applied level. At a theoretical level, I analyze how key narratological concepts acquire new meanings when implemented in an electronic environment. More specifically, I provide evidence of how the emerging media culture challenges the traditional concepts of authorship, textuality, fictionality, sequential structure, and readership, with tendencies toward anonymity, pseudonymity, collaborative authorship, hypertextual narrative structures, and the reader’s involvement in the creative process. At an applied level, I draw on these theoretical considerations to offer a close reading of specific examples of digital literature and other cultural artifacts, mostly produced within the Spanish and Latin American context.
Consequently, my research in this field is not limited to a particular geographical area (Latin American, Peninsular, Caribbean, US Latino, Southern Cone or Andean literature), or any specific e-genre (hypertext fiction, blog-narratives, e-poetry, interactive fiction, ludonarratives, twitter literature or software art), but it explores digital culture in a variety of formats and contexts where it is manifested within the Hispanic world.
Aside from my research on digital culture, I have also a strong interest in non-digital Latin American narrative and ekphrastic poetry. From 2008-2012, I conducted a research project entitled “The Invention of the Lyric Body” in which I examined different artistic and rhetorical formulas, systematically used by Western authors of different periods in their efforts to inscribe the human body in their literary works. I particularly draw on connections between poetry and painting from the same historical period to propose an iconographic method to approach this subject, and show the strong relation that has usually existed between poetic discourse and visual arts. I have presented part of this research in national conferences, and have published articles on this topic in Revista de Estudios Hispánicos and Caribe.