Critiquing Web Structure and Online Social Capital: Doménico Chiappe’s Minotaur Hotel (2013–2015)

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


This chapter analyses Peruvian-Venezuelan author Doménico Chiappe’s hypermedia novel Minotaur Hotel, focusing on its use of classical myth to encourage us both to understand the networked functioning of the internet and to question the commodification of the online self. Firstly, the chapter analyses the locale, arguing that Chiappe’s narrative structure, situating the reader as investigator in the labyrinthine structure of the hotel, draws parallels between the classical myth and the storyworld. Subsequently, the chapter focuses on Chiappe’s employment of the figure of Pasiphae, the mother of the Minotaur, to discuss the commodification of the female body and the functioning of online social capital in the internet age. The chapter reveals how Chiappe forces us to understand our own complicity in the perpetuation of the neoliberal discourses that underpin the circulation of online social capital.

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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