Robert Lestón’s Profile

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Robert Lestón
Title
Professor
Department
English
Office Location
Namm 521
Academic interests

Decolonial Rhetorics, Deleuze and Guattari Studies, Multimodal Rhetorics

Bio

Robert Lestón’s research includes studies in the avant garde arts of sound, image, film, and contintental philosophy as they apply to expanding the scope of rhetorical invention and how rhetorical invention relates to expanding the scope of democracy and collective decision making. His work has appeared in Kairos, Configurations, Enculturation, Atlantic Journal of Communication, among others. He is coauthor of Beyond the Blogosphere: Information and Its Children (2012) with Aaron Barlow. He is currently working on a manuscript entitled The Long Revolution: Zapatismo, Immigration, and Permanent Auonomous Communities in the Americas.

Work Phone
718.260.5392

My Courses

LatinX Writers of Magical Realism

LatinX Writers of Magical Realism

This course lays the foundation for understanding the literary, cultural, and historical influences behind the work of what has come to be known as the “Latin American Boom” that culminated in Latin America’s premier writer and inventor of “magical realism,” Gabriel García Márquez. Students investigate the literary and cultural antecedents to García Márquez’s texts, including works by Federico García Lorca (Spain), Isabel Allende (Chile), Jorge Luis Borges (Argentina), Juan Rulfo (Mexico), and others. Students will also investigate the relationship between magical realism and the historico-political rhetorics against which Marquez was writing, including but not limited to the role of the United Fruit Company, Simón Bolívar and his aspirations for a “Gran Colombia,” and the corruption and politics associated with so-called Banana Republicanism. Students also analyze and discuss a wide range of cultural artifacts, study a variety of writing models, and practice both individual and collaborative research, writing, and presentation.

Gothic Literature and Visual Culture, Spring 2023

Gothic Literature and Visual Culture, Spring 2023

Students critically read, analyze, and write about the popular genre of the Gothic. As represented in both literary and visual terms, in both Europe and the United States beginning in the late-18th century to today. Key concepts include horror, haunting, madness, and monsters.

Introduction to Language and Technology

Introduction to Language and Technology

An introduction to the relationship between language and technology by reviewing the history of various technologies of the world, including writing, printing, and digital media. The course explores the history of rhetoric and its relationship to traditional, print-based technologies, as well as new forms and meanings of digital literacy.

Digital Storytelling

Digital Storytelling

The fundamental aspects of narrative in digital environments. Students will learn to identify common elements of digital stories and analyze how story creators utilize digital tools, platforms, and interfaces to add interactivity to their narratives. Hands-on introductions to a range of freely available digital storytelling tools to create narratives in a variety of interactive formats.

Special Topics in PTW: Sound Writing

Special Topics in PTW: Sound Writing

As an advanced course in theories and practices of communication for new media, the course will explore relationships between communication theories and technologies from social, cultural, historical, and practical perspectives and the implications of these for communication projects in new media environments.

My Projects

The Open Road

The Open Road

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Office of the Provost

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Professional and Technical Writing Committee

Professional and Technical Writing Committee

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Professional and Technical Writing

Professional and Technical Writing

This degree program will provide students with both a content specialty in areas such as technology, science, or business and the skills to communicate that information to a lay audience in both print and digital platforms through both language and images. Graduates will be prepared for employment in a broad range of professional areas that include business, government, technology, health professions, and grant-writing.

Conference Projects

Conference Projects

Research

My Clubs

Student Government Association

Student Government Association

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