Jessie Blackburn

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Associate Professor
Rhetoric-Composition
SH 419
Education: 
Ph.D. English, University of Arkansas
Education: 
M.A. English Education, Appalachian State University
Education: 
M.A. Appalachian Studies, Appalachian State Univeristy
Education: 
B.A. English, Brenau Women's College

Academic Specialty

Cultural, digital, and feminist rhetorics Multimodal composition theory and pedagogy Appalachian studies and critical regional rhetorics

Selected Publications

Appalachian Terroir: A Rhetorical Approach to New Landscapes.(Forthcoming and under contract with the University Press of Kentucky.)

“Teaching Digital Rhetorics of Appalachia: The Pedagogy of Reading Appalachian Websites.” Appalachia Revisited: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Regional Continuity and Change. Eds. Schumann, William R. and Rebecca Adkins-Fletcher. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky (2016).

“[E]ppalachia: Rural Ethos, Online Discourse, and Cyber-Frontiers.” The Appalachian Journal vol. 41.3-4 (2014).

Across the Disciplines vol. 11.3 (2014). Co-edited with Heidi Harris. Special issue on innovative, multimodal, and multidisciplinary composition at rural, regional, and satellite institutions.

Introductory essay. Across the Disciplines vol. 11.3 (2014). Co-authored with Heidi Harris.

“Feminist Composition Pedagogies and the Hypermediated Fractures in the Contact Zone.” Composition Forum vol. 25 (2012).

“The Web Surfer: What (Literacy) Skills Does It Take to Surf Anyway?” Composition Forum vol. 21 (2010).

“The Irony of YouTube: Politicking Cool.” Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion vol. 3 (2009).

Rev. of Who Owns School?: Authority, Students, and Online Discourse, by Kelly Ritter. Computers and Composition vol. 28 (2011) 73-75.

Rev. of Literacy, Sexuality, and Pedagogy: Theory and Practice for Composition Studies, by Jonathan Alexander. Journal of International Women’s Studies vol. 10.2 (2008): 226-230.

CONFERENCE PAPERS

“Locating the Vineyard: Heritage Aesthetics and the Farm-to-Table Menu.” Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Conference; San Diego, CA. April 12-15, 2017.

“The Humble Table: Vitis Vinifera and Haute Cuisine.” Appalachian Studies Association Conference; Blacksburg, VA. March 9-12, 2017.

“Adapting Appalachia and Bending the Frame: Wine Rhetorics of a New Regional Wine Trail.” Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Conference; Seattle, WA. March 22-25, 2016.

“The Regional Wine Trail: Identity Rhetorics and New Appalachian Landscapes.” Appalachian Studies Association Conference; Sheperdstown, WV. March 18-20, 2016.

“Thinking Big on a Small Campus: Innovative Composition at Regional, Branch, and Satellite Institutions” (organized and convened this special panel). Conference on College Composition and Communication; Tampa, FL. March 18-21, 2015.

“Risking Exclusion: WPAs Who Innovate and Differentiate on Isolated Campuses.” Conference on College Composition and Communication; Tampa, FL. March 18-21, 2015.

“On & Off The Grid: Multimodal Composition and Digital Humanities at Rural, Regional, or Branch Universities.” Pacific American Modern Language Association; San Diego, CA. Nov. 1-3, 2013.

“[E]ppalachia: Marxist Feminism, Cyber-frontiers, and Rural Ethos.” Ninth Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference; Stanford University. Sept 25-28, 2013.

“Rural Universities, Composition Classrooms, and Multimodal Literacies.” Appalachian Studies Association Conference; Boone, NC. March 28-30, 2013.

“Mending the Cracks: Inside the Hypermediated Fractures of the Undergraduate Writing Classroom.” Conference on Digital Collaboration in the Academy & Beyond; Kingston, Ontario. May 11-13, 2012.

“Digital Appalachia: Rural Ethos, Online Discourse, and Cyber-frontiers.” Appalachian Studies Association Conference; Indiana, PA. March 23-25, 2012.

“The Hypermediated Fractures in the Contact Zone.” Northeast Modern Language Association Composition Panel; Rochester, NY. March 15-18, 2012.

“The Affordances and Constraints of ‘Doing’ Multimodal WPA Work at Rural Institutions.” Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference; Baton Rouge, LA. July 14-17, 2011.

“Beneath the Bandwidth: How, Why, and When Feminist Pedagogies and Digital Media Intersect Inside the Academic Composition Classroom.” Feminism and Teaching Symposium; Nottingham, England. April 8-9, 2011.

“Re/considering Composition Studies’ Lingering Hesitations about Digital Literacies” (organized and convened this panel). Conference on College Composition and Communication; Louisville, KY. March 17-20, 2010.

“The Stigma of Web Surfing: Critical Digital Literacy and the New Literacies Our Students Might Teach Us.” Conference on College Composition and Communication; Louisville, KY. March 17-20, 2010.

“I’ll Meet You Behind the Words: Identity Politics in Language” (organized and convened this panel). Expanding Literacy Studies: An International, Interdisciplinary Conference; The Ohio State University. April 3-5, 2009.

“Seeking Ethos in the Rhetoric of Obama, Clinton, and McCain: Literacy as Agency as Our Students Learn to Talk Back Online to Politics.” Expanding Literacy Studies: An International, Interdisciplinary Conference; The Ohio State University. April 3-5, 2009.

"The New Work of First-Year Composition: Remixing Attitudes about Digital Literacy" (chaired this session). Expanding Literacy Studies: An International, Interdisciplinary Conference; The Ohio State University. April 3-5, 2009.

“Getting Words out of the Way: Is There Space on the Page for Identity?” (organized and convened this panel). Conference on Literature and the Humanities; The University of Arkansas. March 27-28, 2009.

“'Rage Against the Machine': When Our Students Contest e-Rhetoric and the Borders of Digital Discourse Communities.” Conference on Literature and the Humanities in Arkansas; The University of Arkansas. March 27-28, 2009.

“Language, Power, and Identity: Modern Composition Theory and the Freshman College Composition Classroom.” Appalachian Studies Association Conference; Huntington, WV. March 29, 2008.

 

CURRENT RESEARCH Under advance contract with the University Press of Kentucky, Dr. Blackburn's forthcoming book, Appalachian Terroir: Stylistic Approaches to New Landscapes, explores the discourse trends in terms of the use, disuse, and refuse of regional rhetorics and cultural aesthetics in the burgeoning wine industry that is shaping today’s Appalachian region. During fifteen months of fieldwork throughout the Appalachia and with University Research Council grant funding (competitively secured in fall 2015), Dr. Blackburn conducted over seventy site visits and interviews with vintners, growers, chefs, cheesemakers, butchers, farmers, mead and cider makers, brewers, and heritage food artisans in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. As a result, Appalachian Terroir: Stylistic Approaches to New Landscapes explores the region's current cultural renaissance through an examination of critical regional rhetorics, wine aesthetics, and the farm-to-fork movement. More specifically, this research explores the commodification of the rural, the romanticisation of the bucolic, and the appropriation and simulation of a regional rhetoric through provincial aesthetics— semiotic expressions that trace back to a bourgeoisie sentimentalism for Old World aesthetics and that both essentialize and glorify notions of the 'rural idyll.'

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