Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis campus only



First Advisor

Tahir Naqvi

Second Advisor

Shaj Mathew


This paper is a digital ethnography of the discourse surrounding socialist/anarchist poetry and poetics on Twitter, with the aims of exploring ideas of social media spaces as a networked public or counterpublic (Warner 2002). I study the creation of a groupchat in late 2019 on "literary Twitter" devoted to "anti-publishing," or a concerted critique of the ideas of editorship and publishing in print, focusing both on the role of social connections within this space, and the ways in which the public's inherent "stranger sociability," or the ability of various actors to participate in the discourse, eventually split up the groupchat along ideological lines.