Date of Award

May 2018

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



First Advisor

Mauricio Kilwein-Guevara

Committee Members

Lane Hall, Stuart Moulthrop, Rebecca Dunham, Cesar Ferreria


capitalist realism, game, panopticon, poetry, Rust Belt, Twine


The poems in the following dissertation are informed by our contemporary notion of systems. The serial trajectories presented here critique and explore bureaucracies, taxonomies, biological constructions and capitalism in the era of ecological imperative. To that end, these poems seek to evoke the serial not just in terms of their own form and content, but also invite the reader to embrace a necessary multi-modality, to view the work as not limited to one platform of expression, but containing numerous ways of meaning-making. The intervention in contemporary letters the poems propose is contained within the realities they offer, simultaneously disrupted by and disrupting to the systems they embody. Ultimately, the work seeks to enact a transmedia détournement and present a world resistant to the controls of inequitable and disenfranchising systems.