CCR 733: Rhetoric, Composition, and Digital Humanities

Schedule of Activities


[Please note: I realize that the following is a pretty substantial list. I'm still in the process of brainstorming and grouping readings together, after which I'll strike more of a balance between required and recommended. We'll also be looking at a variety of tools throughout the semester, most of which I have yet to add here.]

Winter Break


This is not required, but I highly recommend you read either or both of the following over winter break--if you are new to DH, both books provide a nice introduction to some of the issues we'll be discussing:

Robin Sloan, Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Amazon)
Charles Soule, Strange Attractors (Amazon)

Week 1 Introduction to Course

Monday, January 13
Course Agenda

There are no required readings for our first meeting, but I do recommend setting up some sort of blogspace (Wordpress, e.g.) in advance, as well as a Twitter account if you don't already have one. We will spend some time discussing this site, and the various roles that social media will play in the course. If you have questions about this prior to the actual course, feel free to contact me.

Week 2 - No Class Meeting (MLK)


Week 3 Definition

Monday, January 27

Matthew Berry, "Introduction" Understanding Digital Humanities (PDF)
Anne Burdick, et al., "A Short Guide to the Digital Humanities," from Digital_Humanities (PDF)
Alan Liu, "The Meaning of Digital Humanities," PMLA 128.2 (March 2013): 409–423.
(Alex Reid discussing Liu in "Digital Nonhumanities")
Willard McCarty, "The Future of Digital Humanities is a Matter of Words." from A Companion to New Media Dynamics (PDF)
Part I of Debates in the Digital Humanities, "Defining the Digital Humanities" (available online)

Recommended
Staci Stutsman, "Digital Humanities vs New Media: A Matter of Pedagogy"
Part III of Debates in the Digital Humanities, "Critiquing the Digital Humanities" (You should at least skim this)

Week 4 Database

Monday, February 3

Charles Cooney, et al. "The Notion of the Textbase: Design and Use of Textbases in the Humanities." LSDA
Sharon Daniel, "The Database: An Aesthetics of Dignity." from Database Aesthetics (PDF)
Ed Folsom, "Database as Genre: The Epic Transformation of Archives." PMLA 122.5 (Oct 2007), 1571-1612 (includes responses).
Christiane Paul, The Database as System and Cultural Form: Anatomies of Cultural Narratives." Database Aesthetics (PDF)
Geoffrey Sirc, "Serial Composition." Rhetorics and Technologies (PDF)

Recommended
Collin G Brooke, "Databases, Data Mining" and "Personal Patterns: Mapping and Mining" from Lingua Fracta (PDF)

Tools/Resources
Whitney Erin Boesel, What is the Quantified Self Now?
Nicholas Felton's Feltron
Daytum

Week 5 Archive

Monday, February 10

Casey Boyle. Low-Fidelity in High-Definition: Speculations on Rhetorical Editions. RDH
Johanna Drucker, "The Book as Call and Conditional Texts."
Tarez Samra Graban, Alexis Ramsey-Tobienne and Whitney Myers. In, Through, and About the Archive: What Digitization (Dis)Allows. RDH
Michael Neal, et al. Making Meaning at the Intersections. Kairos
Liza Potts. Archive Experiences: A Vision for User-Centered Design in the Digital Humanities. RDH
Jenny Rice and Jeff Rice. Pop Up Archives. RDH
Kate Theimer, "Archives in Context and as Context." JDH 1.2 (2012).

Tools/Resources
Darwin's Virtual Library
Omeka (be sure to visit the Showcase page for examples of Omeka sites)
Trevor Owens, "What Do you Mean by Archive? Genres of Usage for Digital Preservers"
Ampersand Links (Chelsea)
Builder (Lindsey)
Inventor (Chad)
Catalyst--Romeo

Week 6 Metadata
Monday, February 17

Tarez Samra Graban, "From Location(s) to Locatability: Mapping Feminist Recovery and Archival Activity Through Metadata." College English76.2 (Nov 2013): 171-193. (PDF)
Kieran Healy, "Using Metadata to Find Paul Revere."
Richard McNabb, “Making the Gesture: Graduate Student Submissions and Expectations of Journal Referees.” Composition Studies, 29.1 (2001): 9-26. (PDF)
Geoffrey Nunberg, "Google's Book Search: A Disaster for Scholars." CHE, August 31, 2009.
Jessica Reyman, "User Data on the Social Web: Authorship, Agency, and Appropriation." College English 75.5 (May 2013): 513-522. (PDF)
Jentery Sayers, et al., Standards in the Making

Tools/Resources
Chronicle (Lindsey)
Ghostery (from ProfHacker: "Ghostery on Your Machine: Stop Sites from Tracking You")
Eli Pariser's The Filter Bubble (relevant to Reyman's essay)
TEI (Text Encoding Initiative): "A Gentle Introduction to XML"
Cheryl Ball, "Pirates of Metadata: The True Adventures…of a Harrowing Metadata Mining Project"


Week 7 Algorithm
Monday, February 24

Kevin Brock, One Hundred Thousand Billion Processes: Oulipian Computation and the Composition of Digital Cybertexts
James Brown, "Making Machines"
Tarleton Gillespie, "The Relevance of Algorithms"
Stephen Ramsay, Reading Machines: Toward an Algorithmic Criticism
Annette Vee, "Understanding Computer Programming as a Literacy." Literacy in Composition Studies 1.2 (2013): 42-64.

Recommended
James Brown, Making Machines, the website (you don't need to read it, but check out the first chapter there)
Lisa Gye, "From Information Literacy to Procedural Literacy—Or, How to Be Literate in Algorithmic Culture." Ctrl-Z 3 (2013).

Tools/Resources
The N+7 Machine

Mark Sample, Hacking the Accident
Create your own Twitter bot (consult Zach Whalen on how to do this) - note: Twitter has changed its authentication rules, so this may not work. I'm looking into it.

Twitter Bots
Retweeting the Classics - article about specifically literary T-bots
A profile of Darius Kazemi, Twitter bot author

Kazemi, "Twitter Bot Etiquette"
Kazemi, "How to Make a Twitter Bot" (TLDR: It's not easy, if you want to be interesting)
Tully Hansen, "A bot primer for the aprogrammatic" (TLDR: It's not impossible, so don't be scared off by the programming)
Patrick Rodriguez has a couple of nice posts that go into more depth on using Google Apps Script to create bots (Part 1, Part 2), if you're curious about the nuts and bolts of this.

Romeo's Algorithm blog and Assigned Role
Catalyst (Chad)
Chronicle (Jana)

Week 8 Microscopy

Monday, March 3

Matthew Jockers & Julia Flanders, "A Matter of Scale"
Seth Long, "Text Network and Corpus Analysis of the Unabomber Manifesto." Feb 12, 2013
Elizabeth Losh. Nowcasting/Futurecasting: Big Data, Prognostication, and the Rhetorics of Scale. RDH
Geoffrey Rockwell, "What is Text Analysis, Really?" LLC 18.2 (2003): 209-219. (PDF)
Greg Urban, "The Once and Future Thing" from Metaculture. (PDF)
Ampersand (Lindsey)

Recommended
Donald Foster, Author Unknown (PDF)
Patrick Juola, "Rowling and "Galbraith": an authorial analysis" Language Log, July 16, 2013.
Ben Zimmer, "Decoding Your Email Personality." NYT, July 23, 2011
Ben Zimmer, "The Science that Uncovered J.K. Rowling's Literary Hocus-Pocus." WSJ, July 16, 2013.

Journal of Law and Policy Symposium on Authorship Attribution (PDF available at site)

Romeo's week 8 blog post



Tools/Resources
Voyant Tools - (aka Voyeur) this is the toolkit that Rockwell discusses--part of TAPoR. There's a fairly quick user guide for it, as well as a list of the available features.
Builder (Jana)

A couple of files for exploration tonight:


Spring Break: Sunday, March 9 - Sunday March 16

Week 9 Mesoscopy

Monday, March 17

Carol Berkenkotter & Thomas Huckin, "Conventions, Conversations, and the Writer" (PDF)
David Hoffman and Don Waisanen. "At the Digital Frontier of Rhetorical Studies: An Overview of Tools and Methods for Computer-Aided Textual Analysis" (RDH)
Dan Wang, "Is There a Canon in Economic Sociology?" Accounts 11.2 (2012): 1-8.

Topic Modeling (this is a cluster of blog posts that should provide a good intro to TM)
Megan R. Brett, Topic Modeling, A Basic Introduction
Andrew Goldstone and Ted Underwood, What can topic models of PMLA teach us about the history of literary scholarship?
Lisa M. Rhody, Topic Modeling and Figurative Language
Scott Weingart, Topic Modeling for Humanists: A Guided Tour

Recommended
Issue 2.1 of the Journal of Digital Humanities on Topic Modeling (some add'l TM readings here)
Ben Blatt, "A Textual Analysis of //The Hunger Games//." Slate, 20 Nov 2013.
Jonathan Goodwin, Recent Developments & Interpreting Topics (+ more) (Jonathan has been topic modeling Rhet/Comp journals)
Dec 2013 issue of Poetics, special issue on Topic Modeling (available through our library)
Responses to Poetics issue from Andrew Perrin and Laura Nelson (these are good, short, measured/skeptical takes on TM)

Resources/Tools
The Networked Corpus demonstrates Topic Modeling using Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations. The creators, who presented it at MLA earlier this year, have a blog post up about their methods as well.

Ampersand (Chad)
Inventor (Jana)

Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) - March 19-22


Week 10

Monday, March 24

Because so many of you are traveling to CCCC this year, there won't be a reading assignment for this week. However, we will meet and share progress on the semester-long assignments (the Portfolio and Project as explained under Expectations). At this point in the semester, you should have made good progress on the Portfolio (enough to consider this a soft deadline for it) and have a pretty solid idea of what you'll be doing for the Project. You should come to class prepared to share your progress on both assignments, and you should be far enough along that the class can provide you with substantive feedback.

Week 11 Macroscopy/Macroanalysis

Monday, March 31

Matthew Jockers, Macroanalysis

Tools/Resources
Mapping the Republic of Letters
(Meredith Hindley, "Mapping the Republic of Letters." Humanities, Nov/Dec 2013.

Chronicle (Chad)

Week 12 Macroscopy

Monday, April 7

Erez Aiden & Jean-Baptiste Michel, excerpt from Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture (PDF)
Nelya Koteyko. Corpus-Assisted Analysis of Internet-Based Discourses: From Patterns to Rhetoric. RDH
Franco Moretti, "Conjectures on World Literature." NLR

Gregory Crane, “What Do You Do With a Million Books?” D-Lib Magazine12.3 (2006).
Jean-Baptiste Michel et al., “Quantitative Analysis of Culture Using Millions of Digitized Books,”Science331.176 (2011): 176-182.
Ted Underwood, “How Not To Do Things with Words,” blog post, The Stone and the Shell, 25 August 2012.
Mark O'Connell, Bright Lights, Big Data: Culturomics and Results-Based Reading, The New Yorker, 20 March 2014.
Ben Zimmer, Google's Ngram Viewer Goes Wild, The Atlantic, 17 October 2013.

Tools/Resources
The Google Ngram Viewer
The Historian's Macroscope (an online, in-progress book about DH, big data, and history. Browse if you can.)

Week 13 Networks

Monday, April 14

Phillip Gochenour, "Nodalism." DHQ
James Porter. "Rhetoric in (as) a Digital Economy." Rhetorics and Technologies (PDF)
Mark C. Taylor, "From Grid to Network." from The Moment of Complexity (PDF)
Duncan Watts, from Six Degrees. (PDF - 2 chapters)

Recommended
Could Nate Silver Predict How Good Your Pumpkin Pie Will Be? NPR. 19 November 2012.
Peter Olson, Graphing the Marvel Universe (video)

Provided with no obligation
(I'm including a couple of my own pieces that may be of interest: one is something I wrote a few years back that draws on Watts' discussion of small worlds, and the other is sort of a networks take on graduate curriculum. Because it's my own work, I don't require or expect you to read it, but it's there if you're interested.)
Collin Gifford Brooke, Discipline and Publish: Reading and Writing the Scholarly Network (PDF)
Collin Gifford Brooke, "Weblogs as Deictic Systems: Centripetal, Centrifugal, and Small-World Blogging."

Tools/Resources
Textexture - turns a text into a network for you
Scott Weingart's "Networks Demystified," a series of blog posts about the basics of networks

Fusion Tables Activity: Spreadsheet #1 Spreadsheet #2
Lord of the Rings Example of Google Fusion Tables

Week 14 Visualization

Monday, April 21

Tanya Clement, "Text Analysis, Data Mining, and Visualizations in Literary Scholarship." LSDA
Johanna Drucker, "Graphesis: Visual knowledge production and representation" (PDF)
Johanna Drucker, "Humanities Approaches to Graphical Display." DHQ
Martyn Jessop, "Digital Visualisation as a Scholarly Activity" LLC 23.3 (2008): 281-293. (PDF)
Krista Kennedy and Seth Long, "The Trees Within the Forest: Extracting, Coding, and Visualizing Subjective Data in Authorship Studies." RDH
Stéfan Sinclair, et al., "Information Visualization for Humanities Scholars." LSDA

Recommended
Max Black. from Models and Metaphors
Virginia Kuhn, "Process and Processing: Methods for Discovery and Representation in Data"
Jen Jack Gieseking, "Opaque is Being Polite: On Algorithms, Violence, & Awesomeness in Data Visualization"
Josh Honn, "Visualizing Elision" (discusses Drucker & Gieseking)

**I think this article might be fun and useful to talk about tonight both in term of epistemology and ethics, but also in terms of what folks are doing to visualize archives. -Chad
Cushman, Ellen."Wampum, Sequoyan, and Story: Decolonizing the Digital Archive

Tools/Resources
NewsVis, The Directory of News Visualizations
What is Data Visualization? (a data visualization of the answer(s))
Visual Complexity
Many Eyes (an old IBM project that lets you upload datasets and visualize them in a range of ways)
Genis Carreras's Philographics (fun take on visualizing complex ideas)
Nancy Duarte's Diagrammer (data visualization templates for presentations...interesting stuff)

Week 15 Maps/Graphs

Monday, April 28


Morgan Currie, "The Feminist Critique: Mapping Controversy in Wikipedia." UDH
Kieran Healy, "A Co-Citation Network for Philosophy."
Brad Lucas and Drew Loewe, "Coordinating Citations and the Cartography of Knowledge." The Changing of Knowledge in Composition (PDF)
Franco Moretti, "Network Theory, Plot Analysis."
Derek Mueller, “Grasping Rhetoric and Composition by Its Long Tail: What Graphs Can Tell Us about the Field’s Changing Shape.” CCC 64.1 (Sep 2012): 195-223. (PDF)
Anne Stevens and Jay Williams, "The Footnote, in Theory." Critical Inquiry

Recommended
Franco Moretti, "Graphs, Maps, Trees" (this is the first of three essays that eventually turned into his book by the same title.)


Last Day of Classes - Tuesday, April 29

Last Day to submit work for course - Monday, May 5