Hello! My name is Cecily Raynor and I am an Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies and Digital Humanities at McGill University in Montreal. I earned my PhD in Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies from Georgetown University, a Master of Science in Latin American Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics as well as Master of Arts in Latin American Literature from Middlebury’s Spanish School.
My research examines contemporary Latin American literature and cultural production in analogue and digital forms. Two questions drive my research agenda: 1) what is the relationship between locality and cultural production in contemporary Latin America; 2) and how does the digital sphere operate as an expanded territory for writing and reading literary texts in Spanish and Portuguese?
My recent work has been published in Digital Humanities Quarterly, Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, Brasil/Brazil: A Journal of Brazilian Literature, Canada and Beyond: A Journal of Canadian Literary and Cultural Studies, and Estudos de Literatura Brasileira Contemporânea. Most of my work is available in downloadable PDF format in the “Publications” tab. My book manuscript, Local Lives, Global Spaces, examines spatial practices in contemporary Latin American literature. Finally, my ongoing projects within the Digital Humanities, “The Digital Geographies of the Hispanic World” and “Digital Hispania” have received generous funding from two major Canadian granting agencies, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et Culture.