Date of Award

Summer 8-10-2021

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Michael Harker

Second Advisor

Mary Hocks

Third Advisor

George Pullman

Abstract

The following research thesis seeks to understand the connection between Giambattista Vico’s conception of imagination and literacy in online spaces. This research delves into how users of the video game based live streaming platform Twitch.tv utilize imagination in written communication primarily through pictographs commonly referred to as emotes, and how broadcasters and moderators on the platform act as literacy sponsors for these unique language practices on the platform.

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