Writing In and About the Performing and Visual Arts

Creating, Performing, and Teaching

Edited by Steven J. Corbett, Jennifer Lin LeMesurier, Teagan E. Decker, and Betsy Cooper
Copy edited by Don Donahue. Designed by Mike Palmquist.

CoverThe performing and visual arts have much to offer writing studies in terms of process, creativity, design, delivery, and habits of mind (and body). This collection is intended for teachers and researchers of writing in and across the disciplines, in both secondary and post-secondary settings, and for those outside of writing studies who wish to infuse more writing into their performing and visual arts curriculums and courses. Filled with evocative images and vivid descriptions, contributors showcase ways of knowing and doing in the performing and visual arts. Contributors also offer teachers in the performing and visual arts go-to practical designs and strategies for teaching writing in their fields.

Table of Contents

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Front Matter


Foreword: Turning to Art to Organize the Chaos, Elizabeth H. Boquet and Michele Eodice

Introduction: Create, Perform, Teach!, Steven J. Corbett, Jennifer Lin LeMesurier, Teagan E. Decker, and Betsy Cooper

Part 1: Writing like a Performing and Visual Artist: Theory, Research, and Experience

Introduction to Part One

Transferring Creativity across Disciplines: Creative Thinking for Twenty-First-Century Composing Practices, Sohui Lee and Russell Carpenter

(Re)Mapping Disciplinary Values and Rhetorical Concerns through Language: Interviews about Writing with Seven Instructors across the Performing and Visual Arts, Anicca Cox

Performance Art and Performing Text, J. Michael Rifenburg and Lindsey Allgood

Collaboration as Conversation: Performing Writing and Speaking Across Disciplines, Chris Gerben

OPERAcraft: Intersections of Creative Narrative, Music, and Video Games, Katie Dredger, Ariana Wyatt, Tracy Cowden, Ivica Ico Bukvic, and Kelly Parkes

Words, Pictures, and the "Nonlistening Space": Visual Design and Popular Music as Forms of Performance in First-Year Writing, Maria Soriano

Part 2: Teaching Writing in and about the Performing and Visual Arts: Curriculum and Course Designs, Applications, and Support

Introduction to Part Two

Insights from Art and Design Writing Workshops, Rebecca Diederichs and Carrianne Leung

Writing as Making: Positioning a WAC Initiative to Bridge Academic Discourse and Studio Learning, Cary DiPietro, Susan Ferguson, and Roderick Grant

Tumblr as a Visual Invention Heuristic, Faith Kurtyka

Visual Thinking Strategies in the Composition Classroom, Summer Hess, Justin Young, and Heidi Arbogast

A Different Art: An Interdisciplinary Conversion between Lindsay Illich and Iris Kumar, Lindsay Illich and Iris Kumar

Crafting Medievalism in an Introductory Integrative Arts Course, Sandy Feinstein

Dancing=Composing=Writing: Writing about Performing and Visual Arts through Dance, Molly E. Daniel

Let's Dance! Warming-Up to All That Moves and Connects Our Writing-Centered Performances, Steven J. Corbett

Integrated Dance Learning: Critical Thinking for Embodied Minds, Barbara Angeline and Jeff Friedman

Writer as Choreographer: Critical Response Process in the Writing Center, Meredith McCarroll

The Use of an Analytic Framework to Scaffold Student Writing in an Online Dance Course, Rhonda Cinotto, Matthew Henley, and Jennifer Salk

Performative Writing as Training in the Performing Arts, Patrick Santoro

Where's that Confounded Bridge? Performance, Intratextuality, and Genre-Awareness Transfer, Peter H. Khost and David Hyman

Curtain Call: A "This Is the End" Retrospective, Steven J. Corbett, Jennifer LeMesurier, Teagan E. Decker, Betsy Cooper, with Anicca Cox, Maria Soriano, and Lindsey Allgood


About the Editors

Steven J. Corbett is Director of the University Writing Center and Associate Professor of English at Texas A&M University, Kingsville. He is the author of Beyond Dichotomy: Synergizing Writing Center and Classroom Pedagogies (2015), and co-editor (with Michelle LaFrance and Teagan E. Decker) of Peer Pressure, Peer Power: Theory and Practice in Peer Review and Response for the Writing Classroom (2014) and (with Michelle LaFrance) Student Peer Review and Response: A Critical Sourcebook (2018). His articles on writing and rhetoric pedagogy have appeared in a variety of journals, periodicals, and collections.

Jennifer Lin LeMesurier, Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Colgate University, received her Ph.D. in English with a specialization in Language and Rhetoric from the University of Washington. Her research focuses on how movement practices are integral to the creation and reception of rhetoric. Her work can be found in such publications as College Composition and Communication, POROI, Rhetoric Review, and Rhetoric Society Quarterly.

Teagan E. Decker is Associate Professor of English and Assistant Dean of the Esther G. Maynor Honors College at the University of North Carolina, Pembroke. She currently teaches courses in composition and the humanities, supervises the senior project course sequence for the honors college, and teaches graduate courses in rhetoric. Her most recent publication is the co-edited collection (with Steven J. Corbett and Michelle LaFrance) Peer Pressure, Peer Power: Theory and Practice in Peer Review and Response for the Writing Classroom (2014). She is currently engaged in editing another collection, Writing Centers and Learning Commons: The Politics and Pedagogy of Sharing Common Ground.

Betsy Cooper chairs the Department of Dance at California State University, Long Beach. She directed the University of Washington's dance department from 2001-2013, later serving as Divisional Dean of Arts. Betsy has enjoyed a decades-long performance career with classical and contemporary companies, nationally and abroad. Her scholarship probes the intersections of dance, politics, and censorship of the body in early modern dance and Hollywood musicals, and the uses of embodied and reflective writing to promote engaged learning. Betsy holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Washington, and a BA, cum laude, from Yale University.

Publication Information: Corbett, Steven J., LeMesurier, Jennifer Lin, Decker, Teagan E., & Cooper, Betsy (Eds.). (2019). Writing In and About the Performing and Visual Arts: Creating, Performing, and Teaching. Across the Disciplines Books. Fort Collins, Colorado: The WAC Clearinghouse and University Press of Colorado. Available at http://wac.colostate.edu/books/atd/performing/

Online Publication Date: September 29, 2019.

Contact Information:
Steven J. Corbett: Steven.Corbett@tamuk.edu
Jennifer Lin LeMesurier: jennifer@lemesurier.com
Teagan E. Decker: teagan.decker@uncp.edu
Betsy Cooper: betska62@gmail.com

Across the Disciplines Books

Series Editor: Michael A. Pemberton, Georgia Southern University

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