Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Sheri Joseph

Second Advisor

Josh Russell

Third Advisor

John Holman


There are many versions of Alexandra Marie Howell: there is the profile-picture-less, snarky wit of the Twitter user, @HowellattheMoon85, sending her observations into an unlistening void (having only a few followers, none of whom she actually knows); there is the lurker on Reddit, u/CodswallopToBoot, who observes but rarely interacts, making all her fanfic private; there is the Bumble dating app user, GrangerDanger, who is putting herself out there, only to incur textual abuse the moment she doesn’t respond quickly enough for fragile man-boys on the other end of the interface. And then there is the physical body of Alexandra Marie Howell--Alex--sitting alone in her cramped apartment, face lit by laptop and phone screens in an otherwise darkened room.

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