Revitalising Legacy Media: Carlos Labbé’s Pentagonal: Including You and Me (2001) (Chile)

  • Claire TaylorEmail author
Part of the New Directions in Latino American Cultures book series (NDLAC)


This chapter analyses Chilean author Carlos Labbé’s Pentagonal: Including You and Me, one of the first works of hypertext literature written in Spanish. It focuses in particular on Labbé’s engagement with legacy media, and pre-digital forms of assemblage, cutting, and pasting, demonstrating how he makes overt reference to the techniques of collage, as championed by earlier literary and artistic experimentation by the surrealists and others. It also elucidates his use of the nota roja, a standard feature of Latin American newspaper formats, as well as the long-standing genre of epistolary fiction. In so doing, the chapter investigates how Labbé both updates the potentials of these three pre-digital formats, as well as questioning the extent to which oppositional practices can resist their recuperation by corporate media.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Modern Languages and CulturesUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK

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