Assistant Professor of English
Mikhail Bakhtin has written, "One's own discourse and one's own voice, although born of another or dynamically stimulated by another, will sooner or later begin to liberate themselves from the authority of the other's discourse." The classroom, then, should be a space where students study the discourse of others in order to liberate themselves, to discover their interpretive powers and their own unique voices. More than anything else, I want my students to develop their "ethos" as writers and readers, and to realize their own agency as they participate in a tradition of readers and rhetors.
University of Maryland
University of Memphis
Mississippi State University
"The Orator in the Laboratory: Rhetoric and Experimentation in Thomas Shadwell's The
Virtuoso." Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture, 1660-1700 Spring (2013).
"Spacious Fields: Alexander Hamilton and the Rhetoric of Sentence Architecture." Style 49.2 (2015).
"Cannot You Trust God For a Sermon?” Anti-Methodists and the Rhetoric of Methodist
Spirituality." Eighteenth-Century Life. Forthcoming.
""Perswade Us Out of Ourselves": Margaret Cavendish's Regulation of Rhetoric." The Seventeenth Century. Forthcoming.
"Lord British’s Ethics: Interrogating Virtue in the Ultima: Age of Enlightenment Series." The Computer Games Journal. Forthcoming.
Areas of Specialization
History of Rhetorical Theory
Long 18th-Century Literature, Philosophy,
Religion and Rhetoric
Interim Assistant Dean, 2016
Interim Director, Cinema International
Courses TaughtENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing and Inquiry
ENG 303 British Literature to 1760
HON 251 Honors Seminar in Literature and Philosophy
Awards and Distinctions
Board of Regents Regents Teaching Award, 2017
2015 Distinguished Honors Program Professor of the Year
Harman-Ward Fellowship, 2012-13
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
American Society for 18th-Century Studies
College Composition and Communication
National Council of Teachers of English
Rhetoric Society of America
Faculty Hall 7B-9
Murray State University
Murray KY 42071-3341
Check out Dr. Black's profile on Academia.edu.