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Architectures of Freedom: Literary Collaboration in Contemporary American Poetry

Patterson, Shelagh W (2014) Architectures of Freedom: Literary Collaboration in Contemporary American Poetry. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The dissertation, “Architectures of Freedom: Literary Collaboration in Contemporary American Poetry” uses the praxis of the U.S. third world feminists to analyze literary collaborations from a contemporary cohort of writers. As developed by Chela Sandoval, the defining aspect of the praxis of the U.S. third world feminists is differential consciousness. Differential consciousness is the ability to form coalitions within and beyond different communities not just for personal survival, but through personal survival to transform social oppressions. This dissertation animates Sandoval’s apparatus, which she calls a methodology of the oppressed, to analyze how a current cohort of writers are using literary collaboration to decolonize globalization.

The three collaborations the dissertation analyzes are the artblog Pënz (It’s Pronounced Pants), conceptual artists Mendi+Keith Obadike, and Encyclopedia Project, an editorial collaboration. Taken together these three collaborations offer a powerful blueprint for decolonizing globalization for Pënz decolonizes time, M+K decolonizes space (geographic and digital), and Encyclopedia decolonizes knowledge.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Patterson, Shelagh Wswp4@pitt.eduSWP4
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBialostosky,
Committee MemberPuri, Shalinispuri@pitt.eduSPURI
Committee MemberWilliam, Scottwdscott@pitt.eduWDSCOTT
Committee MemberReeser, Toddreeser@pitt.eduREESER
Date: 31 January 2014
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 20 November 2013
Approval Date: 31 January 2014
Submission Date: 6 December 2013
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 171
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > English
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: warrior poet, queer studies, U.S. third world feminism, feminist theory, social movements, differential consciousness
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2014 21:41
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:16


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