Dori Coblentz

I am a Lecturer in Technical Communication at Georgia Tech. I specialize in computer science technical communication, the history of technical communication, digital pedagogy, and the history of fencing. My book, Fencing, Form, and Cognition on the Early Modern Stage: Artful Devices (forthcoming from Edinburgh University Press in January 2022) explores the ways in which early moderns generated and transmitted practical knowledge about time through manuals, playtexts, and other professional writing.

I’ve published on the topic of timing in a 2015 article in the Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, “Killing Time in Titus Andronicus: Timing, Rhetoric, and the Art of Defense” and in Italian Studies, “‘Maister of al artificiall force and sleight’: Tempo and Dissimulation in Castiglione’s Book of the Courtier” (2018).

My teaching, like my research, foregrounds the importance of kairos, or the seizure of opportune moments. I use writing exercises to train students’ interpersonal timing and their ability to participate in class discussion. In my technical communication pedagogy, I focus on team communication, especially in meetings and other time-sensitive contexts.

I also enjoy working with adult learners as a fencing teacher. I hold a Master at Arms certification with a concentration in historical fencing from Sonoma State University, and I run the rapier program at the Atlanta Historical Fencing Academy alongside Master at Arms David Coblentz. We focus on seventeenth-century Italian rapier fencing, and our pedagogical approach is outlined in our manual, Fundamentals of Italian Rapier: A Modern Manual for Teachers and Students of Historical Fencing (2018). You can learn more about my approach and my seminar teaching here.