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Dr Edward King

My main area of research is contemporary Latin American literary and visual culture, with a particular focus on Brazil. Within this field, I am particularly interested in interconnections between culture and technology, especially how cultural texts are used as critical frames to question shifting power dynamics connected to technological change.

My first book, Science Fiction and Digital Technologies in Argentine and Brazilian Culture (Palgrave: 2013), explores the use of science fiction in literature and graphic fiction from Argentina and Brazil to trace mutating conceptions of power during the postdictatorship period of the 1980s and 1990s. My second book, Virtual Orientalism in Brazilian Culture (Palgrave: 2015), is an examination of orientalist discourses in contemporary Brazilian culture. Through an analysis of a range of mediua from graphic fiction and photography to the poetry and novels, the book examines orientalism in contemporary Brazil as an expression of anxieties concerning the re-structuring of time and space in the digital age.

My current research focuses on the changing role of the book in a world of global digital networks. My next book, Posthumanism and the Graphic Novel in Latin America (UCL Press, Forthcoming in 2017), which I am co-writing with Joanna Page (University of Cambridge), explores the emergence of the graphic novel in Latin America as a uniquely powerful medium through which to explore the nature of twenty-first century subjectivity and especially forms of embodiment or mediatization that bind humans to their non-human environment. My next project will explore the changing role of the photobook in the context of digital culture.