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Improper Names: Collective Pseudonyms from the Luddites to Anonymous

Marco Deseriis


This book offers a genealogy and theory of the improper name—defined as the adoption of the same pseudonym by organized collectives, affinity groups and individual authors. Improper Names focuses on shared pseudonyms that make their appearance in Europe and North America at three critical historic junctures: the Industrial Revolution, the shift from Fordism to post-Fordism, and the emergence of the network society. While proper names designate a referent as part of the operation of a system of signs, improper names fail to circumscribe a clearly defined domain. An improper name differs from ot ... More

Keywords: pseudonym, anonymity, subjectivity, authorship, labor history, cinema studies, avant-garde art, culture jamming, Internet activism, social movements

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780816694860
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816694860.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marco Deseriis, author
Northeastern University