Cuando Frankenstein encontró a Dorian Gray: dandysmo, post-identidad y sujetos virtuales

Isabel Clúa Ginés


The appearence and popularization of the Internet has created new forms of writing, that compel us to think anew about identity and subjectivity. Webjournals or blogs are specially interesting because they are a massive phenomenon that uses autobiographical writing in a peculiar way. These forms of writing stress a traditional paradox of the genre: the coexistence between a purpose of private, confessional and spontaneous writing and a public image, carefully built, as a result of its writing. The technology is new, but, in fact, the paradox is old. This paper tries to explore this old paradox, our eternal condition of cyborgs, our use of technologies in order to construct a public, unique and recognizable identity. In order to do so, I will try to show the virtual condition of any written individual "this issue has already been dealt with by autobiographical studies", focusing on blogs, and especially on concrete example (Lord Whimsy's Journal). I will pay attention to gender as a technology that constructs identity and, at the same time, is deconstructed by the autobiographical narratives analyzed. In short, I attempt to show that virtual and autobiographical discourse do not bring forth a new kind of subject but the permanence of an old phenomenon "clearly developed by dandyism, for instance": the use of technologies to re-invent, re-formulate and re-construct us as multiple, hybrid and mixed subjects.

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