Dori Coblentz

I am a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia Tech. I specialize in early modern English drama, digital pedagogy, and the history of fencing. My book, Artful Devices on the Early Modern Stage (forthcoming from Edinburgh University Press in January 2022) explores the ways in which early moderns generated and transmitted practical knowledge about time.

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.You’ll find details here about my literature, technical communication, and composition classes, such as Defending Society, Hobby Histories, Shakespeare and Games, Hobbies and the Self: From Greeks to Geeks, and Bad Influences

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 coach fencing at the Decatur School of Arms 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).