Andrew Black

Associate Professor of English

Mikhail Bakhtin has written, "One's own discourse and one's own voice, although born of another or dynamically stimulated by another, will sooner or later begin to liberate themselves from the authority of the other's discourse." The classroom, then, should be a space where students study the discourse of others in order to liberate themselves, to discover their interpretive powers and their own unique voices. More than anything else, I want my students to develop their "ethos" as writers and readers, and to realize their own agency as they participate in a tradition of readers and rhetors.

Andrew Black, faculty, Murray State University Dept. of English and Philosophy 




University of Maryland


University of Memphis


Mississippi State University

Highlighted Publications

“The Orator in the Laboratory: Rhetoric and Experimentation in Thomas Shadwell’s The Virtuoso.Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture: 1660-1700. Spring 2013.


“’Spacious Fields’: Alexander Hamilton and the Rhetoric of Sentence Architecture.” Style. 49.2 (2015).


 “Lord British’s Ethics: Interrogating Virtue in the Ultima: Age of Enlightenment Series.” The Computer Games Journal. 6 (2017).


Review of Antitheatricality and the Body Public by Lisa Freeman. Restoration 41.2  (2017).


“’Perswade Us Out of Our Selves’: Margaret Cavendish’s Regulation of Rhetoric.” The Seventeenth Century. 33.3 (2018).


"’Cannot You Trust God for a Sermon?’Anti-Methodists and the Rhetoric of Methodist Spirituality." Eighteenth-Century Life. 43.1 (2018).


“Thinking Rhetorically and Seriously in the British Literature Survey.” This Rough Magic: A Peer-Reviewed, Academic, Online Journal Dedicated to the Teaching of Medieval & Renaissance Literature. December 2018.



“Kesha on Salvation Mountain.” Response: The Digital Journal of Popular Culture Scholarship. 4.1 (2019).


“Ardelia, Orinda, Astrea, and Ke$ha: Teaching #metoo and the Gendered Sphere of Letters.” Forthcoming in Aphra Behn Online: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830.


“Rhetoric and Preaching.” Invited Chapter Submission: The Cambridge History of Rhetoric. Vol. 4: Rhetoric from the Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries. Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming 2021.


“Quixotic Practices: Attention and Absorption in the Early Modern Literature Survey.” Invited Chapter Submission. Feminist Formalism and Early Modern Women’s Writing: Readings, Conversations, Pedagogies. University of Nebraska Press. Forthcoming 2020.

Courses Taught

Areas of Specialization

Critical Theory

History of Rhetorical Theory

Long 18th-Century Literature, Philosophy,
  Religion and Rhetoric

Media Studies

Awards and Distinctions

Board of Regents Regents Teaching Award, 2017

2015 Distinguished Honors Program Professor of the Year

Harman-Ward Fellowship, 2012-13

Leadership and Service

Interim Assistant Dean, 2016

Interim Director, Cinema International

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

American Society for 18th-Century Studies

College Composition and Communication


National Council of Teachers of English


Rhetoric Society of America


Dr. Andrew Black

Faculty Hall 7B-9

Murray State University

Murray KY 42071-3341



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