Yishu Mao

Spring 2015

This study aims to explore the potential of the social networking platform Twitter in redefining literature. Focusing on the brief, fragmented, interactive and democratizing nature of text that takes the form of tweets, it analyzes the platform’s functions in negotiating the aesthetics of language, mediating human creativity with computation, and shifting the power relations in the production and consumption of literary products. While the question underpinning the study is “What constitute literariness today?”, This project looks at poetry, fiction and essays produced on Twitter with the ambition of offering insights into the field of cultural production at large in the age of Web 2.0.