Kristie S. Fleckenstein

WMS 223B
Visual and material rhetorics, modern rhetorical theory, feminist theory, composition pedagogy

KRISTIE S. FLECKENSTEIN, professor, joined the FSU faculty in Fall 2006. She has published more than 50 articles and book chapters on subjects that cluster around her research interests of materiality, visual rhetoric, feminist theory, rhetorical theory, and pedagogy. She received the 2005 Conference on College Composition and Communication Outstanding Book of the Year Award for her monograph, Embodied Literacies: Imageword and a Poetics of Teaching, and the 2009 W. Ross Winterowd Award for Best Book in Composition Theory for Vision, Rhetoric, and Social Action in the Composition Classroom. Her current project, "A Mighty Power": Nineteenth-Century Photography and the Visual Rhetoric of Racial Identity, explores uses of photography as a visual rhetoric in debates over African American identity between 1839 and 1914.


  • Violence in the Work of Composition: Recognizing, Intervening, Ameliorating. (Co-edited with Scott Gage, Utah State University P, 2022)
  • Vision, Rhetoric, and Social Action in the Composition Classroom (Southern Illinois UP, fall 2009) Winner of the 2010 W. Ross Winterowd Award for Best Book in Composition Theory.
  • Ways of Seeing, Ways of Speaking: The Integration of Rhetoric and Vision in Constructing the Real. (Co-edited with Sue Hum and Linda Calendrillo. Parlor P, 2007)
  • Embodied Literacies: Imageword and a Poetics of Teaching. (Southern Illinois UP, 2003) Winner in 2005 of the Conference on College Composition and Communication Outstanding Book of the Year Award.
  • Imagery and Language in the Reading-Writing Classroom: Teaching Vision. (Co-edited with Linda Calendrillo and Demetrice Worley. Erlbaum, 2002)

Recent Articles/Chapters

  • “Vigilant Amelioration through Critical Love: Lessons My Students Taught Me.” Violence in the Work of Composition: Recognition, Intervention, Amelioration. Ed. Scott Gage and Kristie S. Fleckenstein. Logan, UT: Utah State UP, 2022, pp. 227-48.
  • “Fannie Barrier Williams’s Citizen-Woman: Embodying Rhetoric at the 1893 World’s Columbia Exposition.” Bodies of Knowledge: Embodied Rhetorics in Theory and Practice. Ed. A. Abby Knoblauch and Marie Moeller. Logan, UT: Utah State UP, 2022, pp. 123-42.
  • “The Aesthetic Daughter and Civic Mother: Collective Identity and the Visual-Verbal Rhetorics of the ‘New Negro Woman.’” Nineteenth-Century American Activist Rhetorics. Ed. Patricia Bizzell and Lisa Zimmerilli. New York: Modern Language Association, 2020, pp. 249-64.
  • "Reanimating the Answerable Body: Rhetorical Looking and the Digital Interface.” (With Katherine Bridgman and Scott Gage.) Computers and Composition 53 (2019): 86-95.
  • "Professional Proof: Arguing for Women Photographers at the Fin-de-Siècle.” Women at Work: Rhetorics of Gender and Labor in the US. Ed. David Gold and Jessica Enoch. U of Pittsburgh P, 2019. 84-101.
  • “Recuperating Women as Image-Smiths: Florence Smalley Babbitt and the Rhetorical Work of the Nineteenth-Century Family Photograph Album.” Remembering Women: The Construction of Female Reputation. Ed. Lynee Lewis Gaillet and Helen Gaillet. University of South Carolina P, 2019. 137-54.
  • “Unity and Difference: Figurations for a Future Rhetoric.” Rhetorical Speculations: Emerging Technologies and the Future and Potential of Rhetoric. (With Anna Worm.) Ed. Joseph Weakland and Scott Sundvall. Utah State University P, 2019, pp. 25-44.
  • “Teaching with Vision, Teaching Social Action: An Interview with Dr. Kristie Fleckenstein.” (Lauri Goodling, interviewer). Reflections: Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning 18.1 (2018): 158-83. Available:
  • “Provocations: Minding the Network: Ecol-logic for Networked Humanities.” Networked Humanities: Within and Without the University. Ed. Jeff Rice and Brian McNely. Parlor P, 2018. 149-52.
  • "A Pedagogy of Rhetorical Looking: Atrocity Images at the Intersection of Vision and Violence." (With Scott Gage and Katherine Bridgman). College English 80.1 (2017): 11-34.
  • "Minding Mind: Kenneth Burke, Gregory Bateson, and Posthuman Rhetoric." Kenneth Burke+The Posthuman. Ed. Chris Mays, Nathaniel A. Rivers, and Kellie Sharp-Hoskins. Pennsylvania State UP, 2017. 23-41.
  • "A Reformer Rides: Photographic Ethos in Frances E. Willards A Wheel within a Wheel." Rethinking Ethos: A Feminist Ecological Approach to Rhetoric. Ed. Kathleen J. Ryan, Nancy Myers, and Rebecca Jones. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois UP, 2016. 25-39.
  • "Materiality's Rhetorical Work: The Nineteenth-Century Parlor Stereoscope and the Second-Naturing of Vision." Rhetorical Ontologies: Rhetoric Through Everyday Things. Ed. Scot Barnett and Casey Boyle. University of Alabama P, 2016. 125-38.
  • "A Matter of Design: Context and Available Resources in the Development of a New English Major at Florida State University." (with Matt Davis and Kathleen Blake Yancey). Undergraduate Writing Majors: Nineteen Program Profiles. Ed. Greg Giberson, Jim Nugent, and Lori Ostergaard. Logan, UT: Utah State UP, 2015. 175-89.
  • "Reiterating with a Difference: Feminist Visual Agency and Late Nineteenth-Century Photography." Studies in the Humanities. 41.1/2 (2015): 1-30.
  • "Cyborg Vision for Cyborg Writing." Writing Posthumanism, Posthuman Writing. Ed. Sid Dobrin. Anderson, SC: Parlor P, 2015. 254-73.
  • "Program Sustainability: Curricular Resilience in Florida State University's Editing, Writing, and Media Concentration." (with Kathleen Blake Yancey, Matthew Davis, and Katherine T. Bridgman). South Atlantic Review 78.1-2 (2015): 10-33. Winner of the South Atlantic Review Essay Prize (Volume 78).
  • "Stepping Beyond, In, and With JAEPL: Twenty Years of Hope." JAEPL: Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning 20 (2015): 35-43.
  • "Re/Situating the Digital Archive in John T. McCutcheon's 'Publics,' Then and Now." Peitho: Journal of the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. 17.1 (Fall/Winter 2014): 73-88.
  • "Designing the New Negro: The Color of Late Nineteenth-Century Multimodality." Computers & Composition. 33.3 (2014): 13-26.
  • "Mobility Regimes and the Constitution of the Nineteenth-Century Posthuman Body" (with Josh Mehler). On Design, Mediation, and the Posthuman. Ed. Amy Propen, Colbey Reid, Dennis Weiss. Lexington Books, 2014. 177-95.
  • "Animating the Archive and Artifact: An (Anti)Suffrage Caricature in Its Visual Media Ecology." Peitho 17.1 (2014):


Work in Progress

  • "A Mighty Power": Nineteenth-Century Photography and the Visual Rhetoric of Racial Identity. A book-length exploration of the rhetorical use of photography in the debates over African American identity in the United States between 1839 and 1914.


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