CREATIVE FORUM (Delhi), SPECIAL ISSUE ON CYBERPUNK / ESSAY ON JULIO CORTÁZAR AND CYBERSPACE

Now available is the latest number (Vol. 24, No. 1-2, Jan.-Dec. 2011) of the Delhi journal CREATIVE FORUM. This is a special issue dedicated to cyberpunk literature and edited by Dr T. Ravichandran. Among the contributions are essays on cyberpunk and architecture (Joyce Goggin; Angel Mateos-Aparicio), Japan and cyberpunk (Setsuko Adachi), Michael Ondaatje (Guru Charan Behera) and Orwell and Huxley (Nicuta Rad).

The volume also includes my own article, “‘The Offices of CERN’: A Reading for the Internet Age of Julio Cortázar’s ” Las caras de la medalla”‘ (pp. 107-119).

That article is available on-line at:

http://yatrarollason.info/files/CortazarTheOfficesofCERNwebversion.pdf

First paragraph:

The Argentinian writer Julio Cortázar (1914-1984) has hitherto been best known as a major modern short-story writer in the fantastic mode and distinguished continuator in that genre of his still rather more famous compatriot Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), as the canonic translator into Spanish of the works of Edgar Allan Poe, and as the author of the experimental novel Rayuela (Hopscotch), published in 1963  and noted for the two alternative arrangements of its chapter-sequence and its invitation to readerly participation. Today, however, Cortázar’s work is – in parallel to that of Borges – gaining a whole new lease of life for its remarkable, daring and ambivalent anticipations of the new relational structures that characterise the emerging universe of cyberspace. It is in this context that the present article will examine one particular story by Cortázar, ‘Las caras de la medalla’ (‘The Faces of the Medal’), and attempt to draw some lessons from this pre-Internet text for certain issues of human interaction in today’s brave new cyberworld.

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