Robert Leston

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Robert Leston, Associate Professor

Professor Leston is a rhetorician of new media environments and postmodern philosophy. He is the author of “Unhinged: Kairos and the Invention of the Untimely” (Atlantic Journal of Communication 21:1, 29-50) and coauthor with Aaron Barlow of Beyond the Blogosphere: Information and Its Childern (Praeger, 2012). His research includes studies in the avant garde arts of sound, film, video, and philosophy as they apply to expanding the scope of rhetorical invention in both traditional and digital media environments.

Courses Taught:

ENG 1101 - Introductory Composition
ENG 1121 - English Composition 2
ENG 1133 - Specialized Communications for Technology Students
ENG 1151 - Introduction to Journalism
ENG 3402 - Special Topics: Vampires and Zombies in Popular Fiction and Film (Fall 2013)
ENG 3771 - Advanced Career Writing (Online and Traditional)
ENG 3773 - Advanced Technical Writing (Online and Traditional)


Ph.D. Rhetoric and Critical Theory U of TX, Arlington 2007
M.A. University of W. Florida, Literature 1999
BA. Florida State University, Creative Writing and Philosophy 1992

Academic Interests:

Rhetorical Invention, Continential Philosophy (especially Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari), Sound Art, The Cinematic Essay


Leston, Robert. Beyond the Blogosphere: Information and Its Children, coauthor with Aaron Barlow. Praeger, 2012. »More Info

Selected Articles (Peer Review):
Leston, Robert. “Unhinged: Kairos and the Invention of the Untimely” Atlantic Journal of Communication. 21.1 (2013): 29-50. »More Info

Leston, Robert. “Anomalous Composition: A Horror in Video” Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. 17.1 (Spring 2013).  Video Essay.   »More Info

Leston, Robert, Geof Carter, and Sarah Arroyo. “The Chora of the Twin Towers” Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture. 10 (September 11, 2011).  Video Essays.  Runtime: 1:15. »More Info

Leston, Robert. “Into the After.word with Victor Vitanza.” Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. 12.3  (Summer 2008). Digital Video and Webtext.  »More Info

Leston, Robert. “Towers Open Fire: From Knowing to Doing” Computers and Composition Online. Special Issue on Sound in/as Compositional Space (Fall 2006). Multimedia (essay and sonic composition in Flash). »More Info

Leston, Robert, Geoffrey V. Carter, Sarah Arroyo, and Sherrin Frances. "The Idiocy of Videocy: Four Case Studies" Itineration: Cross-disciplinary Studies in Rhetoric, Media, and Culture. September (2013). Multimedia. » More Info.

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