Dr. Eric Detweiler

Assistant Professor

Dr. Eric Detweiler
(615) 898-2585
Room 376, Peck Hall (PH)
MTSU Box 70, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin (2016)
  • M.A., University of Louisville (2009)
  • B.A., Belmont University (2007)

Areas of Expertise

rhetoric and writing pedagogy, rhetorical theory, sound studies, podcasting, digital rhetoric

Biography

Eric Detweiler joined the department in 2016, and he has since taught undergraduate and graduate courses including Rhetoric and Recorded Sound, Video Games and/as Literature, Digital Rhetoric and Writing, History of Rhetoric, and Fermentation, Culture, and Writing. His current book project focuses on the history of teacher-student relationships in rhetoric and writing classrooms, rethinking those relationships in light of recent work in rhetorical theory. He also studies digital rhetoric and ...

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Eric Detweiler joined the department in 2016, and he has since taught undergraduate and graduate courses including Rhetoric and Recorded Sound, Video Games and/as Literature, Digital Rhetoric and Writing, History of Rhetoric, and Fermentation, Culture, and Writing. His current book project focuses on the history of teacher-student relationships in rhetoric and writing classrooms, rethinking those relationships in light of recent work in rhetorical theory. He also studies digital rhetoric and multimodal composition, paying particular attention to the rise of podcasts as well as social media. He runs his own podcast called Rhetoricity and serves as managing editor for the sonic projects section of the journal enculturation. His work has been published in Philosophy & Rhetoric, the ADE Bulletin, and Rhetoric Society Quarterly.

Dr. Detweiler has two small dogs, a large amount of fermentation projects, and a never-ending supply of puns.

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Publications

“A Podcast?! Whatever Gave You That Idea? Some Reverberations from Walter Benjamin’s Radio Plays.” Rhetorics Change/Rhetoric’s Change, edited by Jenny Rice, Chelsea Graham, and Eric Detweiler, Intermezzo/Parlor P, 2018.

“Toward Pedagogical Turnings.” ADE Bulle...

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“A Podcast?! Whatever Gave You That Idea? Some Reverberations from Walter Benjamin’s Radio Plays.” Rhetorics Change/Rhetoric’s Change, edited by Jenny Rice, Chelsea Graham, and Eric Detweiler, Intermezzo/Parlor P, 2018.

“Toward Pedagogical Turnings.” ADE Bulletin, vol. 155, 2018, pp. 52-60.

“Disfiguring Socratic Irony.” Philosophy & Rhetoric, vol. 49, no.2, 2016, pp. 149-172.

“‘/’ ‘And’ ‘-‘? An Empirical Consideration of the Relationship Between ‘Rhetoric’ and ‘Composition.'” enculturation, vol. 20, 2015.

With Scott Nelson et al. “Crossing Battle Lines: Teaching Multimodal Literacies Through Alternate Reality Games.” Kairos, vol. 17, no. 3, 2013.

“‘I Was Just Doing a Little Joke There’: Irony and the Paradoxes of the Sitcom in The Office.” Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 45, no. 4, 2012, pp. 727-748.

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Presentations

“Serial Uncertainty: The Rhetoric and Ethics of True Crime Podcasts.” Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Minneapolis, MN. 2018.

“Soundscapes as Exercises in Nondiscursive Description.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Kansas City, MO. 2018.

“Delimiting Critique in the Name of Pedagogy.” Modern Language Association Convention. Philadelphia, PA. 2017.

“The Interrobang and the Limits of Critical Methodolog...

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“Serial Uncertainty: The Rhetoric and Ethics of True Crime Podcasts.” Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Minneapolis, MN. 2018.

“Soundscapes as Exercises in Nondiscursive Description.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Kansas City, MO. 2018.

“Delimiting Critique in the Name of Pedagogy.” Modern Language Association Convention. Philadelphia, PA. 2017.

“The Interrobang and the Limits of Critical Methodologies in Rhetoric and Composition!?” Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition. Louisville, KY. 2016.

“A Bellowing Lecture Followed by a Tense, Suspicious Silence: On Welcome to Night Vale and Academic Podcasting.” Computers & Writing Conference. Rochester, NY. 2016.

“A Podcast?! Whatever Gave You That Idea? Some Reverberations from Walter Benjamin’s Radio Plays.” Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America. Atlanta, GA. 2016.

“Risking Uncertainty: Questioning Thesis Statements.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Tampa, FL. 2015.

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Courses

Undergraduate

Rhetoric and Recorded Sound

Fermentation, Culture, and Writing

Advanced Composition

Video Games and/as Literature

Graduate

Digital Rhetoric and Writing

History of Rhetoric: Ancient to Renaissance