Department of English

Faculty Bio

Blakesley, David

Blakesley, David

Professor and Campbell Chair in Technical Communication

Office: 616 Strode
Phone: (864) 656-3062

Focus:  Rhetoric

Research Interests: Rhetorical theory, digital/visual rhetorics, print and digital publishing, film theory and production, information architecture, technical communication, computers and writing, content management

Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

Writing: A Manual for the Digital Age, Second Edition. Boston, Massachusetts: Cengage/Wadsworth, 2011. Print.

Late Poems, 1968-1993 by Kenneth Burke (Coeditor, with Julie Whitaker). Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2005.

The Terministic Screen: Rhetorical Perspectives on Film. (Editor).  Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2003, 2007.

Books (In Production or Under Contract)

Illuminating Rhetoric: A Guide to Seeing, Reading, and Writing. McGraw-Hill; under contract.

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

“Get Agrippa: A Comment on Chris Miles’s "Occult Retraction.’” (With Joshua Gunn, Morgan Reitmeyer, and William A. Covino). Rhetoric Society Quarterly 39.4 (October 2009): 380-87.

“Open Access Book Publishing in Writing Studies: A Case Study.” (With Charles Bazerman, Mike Palmquist, and David Russell). First Monday. 13.1 (7 January 2008).

A Burkeian Reading of White Noise.” Approaches to Teaching DeLillo’s White Noise. Ed. John Duvall and Tim Engles. New York: Modern Language Association, 2006. 169–79.

Digital Works, Videos, CDs & DVDs, Software (Published)

Computers and Writing 2010 Drupal Site:

Conference Presentations (Delivered)

“DIY Publishing and Design in Composition: Blurb, MagCloud, Wix.” Cengage Learning “Viva Composition” Conference. Las Vegas, NV. November, 2010.

“Emergent Printing and Publishing Technologies in the Digital Age: A Publisher’s Perspective.” Electronic Imaging Conference. San Jose, CA. Jan. 2010.

Invited Lecture. “The Future of the Book for Scholars in the Humanities.” Texas Christian University. Fort Worth, TX. October, 2010.

Keynote Address. “Illuminating Visual Rhetoric and the Semiotics of Identification.” Rhetoric of the Visible. Venice, Italy. April, 2010. 

Keynote Address. "Visual Rhetoric in the Digital Age." Texas Two-Year College Association. San Antonio, TX. January, 2010.

“The Democratization of Production and Its Implications for Publishing in Composition.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Louisville, KY. March, 2010.

Conference Proposals (Accepted or Submitted)

“The Challenges of Innovation in Academic Culture.” Accepted for CCCC 2011.