Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities: a new essay collection

Fresh off the presses, Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities, edited by Jim Ridolfo and William Hart-Davidson, from University of Chicago Press (AMZN).

Here’s the abstract to my contribution, “Digital Humanities Now and the Possibilities of a Speculative Digital Rhetoric.”

This chapter examines connections between big data digital humanities projects (the Digital Humanities Now project in particular), digital rhetoric, and the philosophies of speculative realism (focusing on Bruno Latour). It addresses the critique that digital humanities are under-theorized and connects these critiques with those made against speculative realism’s use of scientific and mathematical concepts. Finally it proposes how a speculative digital rhetoric might contribute to a network analysis of informal, online scholarly work.
Keywords: big data, speculative realism, Bruno Latour, middle-state publishing, nonhuman

Some liner notes:

The digital humanities is a rapidly growing field that is transforming humanities research through digital tools and resources. Researchers can now quickly trace every one of Issac Newton’s annotations, use social media to engage academic and public audiences in the interpretation of cultural texts, and visualize travel via ox cart in third-century Rome or camel caravan in ancient Egypt. Rhetorical scholars are leading the revolution by fully utilizing the digital toolbox, finding themselves at the nexus of digital innovation.

Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities is a timely, multidisciplinary collection that is the first to bridge scholarship in rhetorical studies and the digital humanities. It offers much-needed guidance on how the theories and methodologies of rhetorical studies can enhance all work in digital humanities, and vice versa. Twenty-three essays over three sections delve into connections, research methodology, and future directions in this field. Jim Ridolfo and William Hart-Davidson have assembled a broad group of more than thirty accomplished scholars. Read together, these essays represent the cutting edge of research, offering guidance that will energize and inspire future collaborations.

Stuart A. Selber, author of Multiliteracies for a Digital Age
“Ridolfo and Hart-Davidson have produced a volume that interrogates the most important questions facing both rhetoric scholars and teachers who are interested in the digital humanities and digital humanists who are interested in the rhetorical dimensions of multimodal texts. Avoiding the negative aspects of territorialism and disciplinary politics, the contributors remix theories, practices, and methods in new and exciting ways, mapping productive relationships between rhetorical studies and the digital humanities and illuminating how these areas intersect and interanimate one another. This volume should be required reading for anyone who cares about the future of writing and reading.”
Collin Brooke, Syracuse University
Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities is a landmark collection for scholars in rhetoric and writing studies. Its attention to procedurality, coding, scholarly communication, archives, and computer-aided methodologies, among other things, maps many of the important changes in disciplinary terrain prompted by the emergence of the digital humanities. It’s also a compelling demonstration of the role that rhetoric and writing studies can and should play in discussions about digital humanities. This book will provide colleagues across the disciplines with a strong sense of the ways that rhetorical studies might intersect with their own work.”
Matthew K. Gold, Debates in the Digital Humanities
“An important and timely exploration of the many ties that bind the digital humanities and composition/rhetoric. Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities is a much-needed book that will stir conversations in both fields.”
The Table of Contents
Introduction
Jim Ridolfo and William Hart-Davidson

PART ONE  Interdisciplinary Connections

1 Digital Humanities Now and the Possibilities of a Speculative Digital Rhetoric
ALEXANDER REID

2 Crossing State Lines: Rhetoric and Software Studies
JAMES J. BROWN JR.

3 Beyond Territorial Disputes: Toward a “Disciplined Interdisciplinarity” in the Digital Humanities
SHANNON CARTER, JENNIFER JONES, AND SUNCHAI HAMCUMPAI

4 Cultural Rhetorics and the Digital Humanities: Toward Cultural Reflexivity in Digital Making
JENNIFER SANO-FRANCHINI

5 Digital Humanities Scholarship and Electronic Publication
DOUGLAS EYMAN AND CHERYL BALL

6 The Metaphor and Materiality of Layers
DANIEL ANDERSON AND JENTERY SAYERS

7 Modeling Rhetorical Disciplinarity: Mapping the Digital Network
NATHAN JOHNSON

PART TWO  Research Methods and Methodology

8 Tactical and Strategic: Qualitative Approaches to the Digital Humanities
BRIAN MCNELY AND CHRISTA TESTON

9 Low Fidelity in High Definition: Speculations on Rhetorical Editions
CASEY BOYLE

10 The Trees within the Forest: Extracting, Coding, and Visualizing Subjective Data in Authorship Studies
KRISTA KENNEDY AND SETH LONG

11 Genre and Automated Text Analysis: A Demonstration
RODERICK P. HART

12 At the Digital Frontier of Rhetoric Studies: An Overview of Tools and Methods for Computer-Aided Textual Analysis
DAVID HOFFMAN AND DON WAISANEN

13 Corpus-Assisted Analysis of Internet-Based Discourses: From Patterns to Rhetoric
NELYA KOTEYKO

PART THREE  Future Trajectories

14 Digitizing English
JENNIFER GLASER AND LAURA R. MICCICHE

15 In/Between Programs: Forging a Curriculum between Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities
DOUGLAS WALLS

16 Tackling a Fundamental Problem: Using Digital Labs to Build Smarter Computing Cultures
KEVIN BROOKS, CHRIS LINDGREN, AND MATTHEW WARNER

17 In, Through, and About the Archive: What Digitization (Dis)Allows
TAREZ SAMRA GRABAN, ALEXIS RAMSEY-TOBIENNE, AND WHITNEY MYERS

18 Pop-Up Archives
JENNY RICE AND JEFF RICE

19 Archive Experiences: A Vision for User-Centered Design in the Digital Humanities
LIZA POTTS

20 MVC, Materiality, and the Magus: The Rhetoric of Source-Level Production
KARL STOLLEY

21 Procedural Literacy and the Future of the Digital Humanities
BRIAN BALLENTINE

22 Nowcasting/Futurecasting: Big Data, Prognostication, and the Rhetorics of Scale
ELIZABETH LOSH

23 New Materialism and a Rhetoric of Scientific Practice in the Digital Humanities
DAVID GRUBER

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