Alex Saum-Pascual

Alex Saum-Pascual is a digital artist, poet, and professor. She is author of #Postweb! Crear con la máquina y en la red (Iberoamericana-Vervuert 2018) and numerous articles, special issues and book chapters on digital media and literature in the Spanish-speaking world, being featured in The Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, The Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, and Digital Humanities Quarterly, among others. Her digital artwork and poetry have been exhibited in galleries and art festivals internationally and have been studied in monographs such as Mujeres poetas del mundo digital (2020), and anthologized in the Electronic Literature Collection Vol. 4 (2022). Currently, she is Associate Professor of Contemporary Spanish Literature and New Media at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also part of the Executive Committee of the Berkeley Center for New Media, the advisory board of the Arts Research Center (Poetry and the Senses programs), and the board of directors of the Electronic Literature Organization

Professor Saum-Pascual teaches a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses on Post Civil-War Spanish culture, digital media, and literature (digital or not) combining the study of literary texts with other cultural products of the 20th and 21st centuries. She has taught courses exploring the role of media on the construction of the Spanish imaginary, the importance of television shows and their adaptation of social realists works, and the role of theater, popular music, or digital and social media, as means of protest and artistic expression. She is particularly keen in the study of electronic literature (digital prose and poetry), which she has taught at all levels.

Her research expands on the relationship between literature and digital technologies from different perspectives. Her book #Postweb! Crear con la máquina y en la Red (Iberoamericana-Vervuert, 2018) analyzes the influence of electronic writing technologies on both printed and born-digital books, exploring what this means for literary experimentalism, and for the prevalence of the literary canon in Spain, in decay since the financial and institutional crisis of 2002 and 2008.

Her new book project, Earthy Algorithms: A Posthumanist Approach to Capital, Climate and Digital Literature (forthcoming 2024) examines further the imbrication of digital technologies in literary production, looking particularly at its engagement with concepts of environmental crisis writ large, through a posthumanist lens. It focuses on the work of digital artists from Spain and the Latin American Diaspora who reconfigure digital materiality not only in relation to its physical and signifying strategies but also regarding the Capitalocene and its exploitation of the Earth and its human and non-human inhabitants.

By applying a methodological scope coming from the fields of New Media and Electronic Literature, Saum-Pascual offers a unique contribution to the field of Digital Humanities in Spanish, and to transatlantic literary and cultural studies overall.

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SELECTED PUBLICATIONS *see complete list here*

#Postweb! Crear con la máquina y en la red. Madrid: Iberoamericana-Vervuert, 2018

Electronic Literature [Frame]works for the Creative Digital Humanities. Special issue co-edited with Scott Rettberg. Electronic Book Review, 2020

“On Bodies, Surveys, Virus and Rooms. Enter Corporate Poetry.” Texts of Discomfort: Interactive Storytelling Art. Jim Pope and María Reyes Eds. Carnegie Mellon ETC Press, 2021. 250-281.

“Toys and Toons: From Hispanic Literary Traditions to a Global E-Lit Landscape.” Electronic Literature as Digital Humanities: Contexts, Forms, and Practices. Dene Grigar and James O’Sullivan Eds. Bloomsbury, 2021. 43-53. Co-written with Élika Ortega.

“Memory Traces: Printed Electronic Literature as a Site of Remembrance.” Comparative Literature Studies, 57.1 (2020): 69-94

“Digital Creativity as Critical Material Thinking: The Disruptive Potential of Electronic Literature.” Electronic Book Review, August 2020.

“Fragmentation and the Digital City: An Analysis of Vicente Luis Mora’s Circular 07. Las afueras.Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, 53.2 (2019): 605-632

“As We May Think/ Escribir es escribir como si escribiéramos en presente” in Fobias – Fonias – Fagias. Escritas Experimentais e Eletrónicas Ibero-Afro-Latinoamericanas. Claudia Kozak and Rui Torres Eds. [Coleçao Cibertextualidades]. Porto: Publicaçoes Universidade Fernando Pessoa, 2019.

“Teaching Electronic Literature as Digital Humanities: A Proposal” Digital Humanities Quarterly 11.3 (2017)

“Alternativas a la (ciencia) ficción en España: dos ejemplos de literatura electrónica en formato impreso” Letras Hispanas 11 (2015): 239-259

“Carmen Martín Gaite: Una provocación desde la cultura digital” Hispania 98.4 (2015): 674-675

“Por qué Dolerse. La relevancia de un texto híbrido.” Dolerse, textos desde un país herido/ Condolerse. By Cristina Rivera Garza. México DF: Sur+ Ediciones, 2015

“Literatura española post-web: Al borde de lo virtual, lo material y la historia. El caso de Jordi Carrión” Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, 18 (2014): 109-126

“La poética de la Nocilla: Transmedia Poetics in Agustín Fernández Mallo’s Complete Works” Caracteres. Estudios culturales y críticos de la esfera digital, 3.1 (2014): 81-99

Desalmados. Hipertextos y biopolítica en el mundo de la webserie española” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, 13.1 (2012): 19-38. Co-authored with Freya Schiwy

ARTWORK & POETRY *see artist portfolio here* and read about any shows and exhibitions *here*