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Contact Composition: Learning with/in Movement(s), Transnational Feminisms, and Writing

Rodriguez, Nelesi (2023) Contact Composition: Learning with/in Movement(s), Transnational Feminisms, and Writing. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This dissertation argues that attention to movement––in its creative, political, and geographical dimensions––expands our understandings of the modes, the contexts, and the stakes of composition. The project brings together critical composition pedagogies, dance and performance, and transnational feminisms to present three case studies that demonstrate how movement-based practices are central to transnational feminist ways of composing. The case studies focus on three different transnational feminist groups: Black Feminist writing teachers at CUNY (1965-1979), the BIWOC company Ananya Dance Theatre, and the permutations of the feminist cycling collective Bicimamis in Venezuela and its diaspora. The decision to center the term “composition” in this project seeks to highlight complexity in writing: To compose implies noticing or bringing multiple elements in(to) relations that are always dynamic. Composition also implies that writing is a process that happens not only when we are putting “pen to paper.” Finally, the term insinuates a connection between writing and other creative practices. In placing each of the case studies in the context of rhetoric and composition, this project stretches the field in three ways: (1) It motions a historical correction in the genealogies of writing pedagogies of difference, (2) it urges readers to (re)consider what counts as means for and pedagogies of composing, and (3) it examines how certain compositional modes move through always dynamic environments.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Rodriguez, Nelesingr11@pitt.edungr110000-0003-1849-4822
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee CoChairHolding, Corycholding@pitt.educholding
Committee CoChairPitts, Elizabetheap90@pitt.edueap90
Committee MemberPuri, Shalinispuri@pitt.eduspuri
Committee MemberMcKelvey, Patrickptm17@pitt.eduptm17
Date: 8 September 2023
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 15 May 2023
Approval Date: 8 September 2023
Submission Date: 23 July 2023
Access Restriction: 2 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 2 years.
Number of Pages: 158
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: composition, feminism, interdisciplinary, movement, transnational, pedagogy
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2023 19:34
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2023 19:34


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