Moriah L Purdy

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Richard C. and Barbara N. Tobias Fellow
CL 526

Biography

I came to Pitt in 2013 after working for three years as a Writing Center Assistant Director at a small liberal arts college and after an MFA in poetry from George Mason University. I see my interests as a poet and researcher converging at the nexus of rhetorical genre studies, textual studies, affect theory, and poetics. My dissertation investigates procedurally-constrained hand-written notebook technologies (commonplace books, DIY planners, Bullet Journals, etc.) as evidenced by the meta-genres (the talk and media about them) on the Internet. On a broad scale, I investigate whether and how constraint is a generative mechanic--what it enables and what it defers--according to the writers and makers who compose through (often self-imposed) systems and boundaries.