Date of Award

Spring 2012

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Director

Angelica Huizar

Committee Member

Kevin Moberly

Committee Member

Avi Santo

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.H85 H67 2012


This study analyzes digital poetry from a cyborg perspective, showing how its multiple material aspects are foregrounded to facilitate the reader's performance of poems. It explores the poetic functions, possibilities, and constraints of the medium of digital poetry through the application of Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed, comparisons with print methods of conveying meaning, and close readings of digital poems. The application of Theatre of the Oppressed as a framework also allows for the study of the power relationships involved in performing digital poetry and in using digital technology as a whole, while showing digital poetry to be a possible tool for overcoming the oppression created and teaching digital literacy. A close reading of the digital poem Arteroids, by Jim Andrews, demonstrates how interconnected material aspects function to create meaning in the context of a cyborg performance of a digital poem as well as how the same material aspects open up and constrain the reader's experience.


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