Networked Humanities: Within and Without the University

SKU: 978-1-64317-017-6

Edited by Jeff Rice and Brian McNely

New Media Theory
Series Editor, Byron Hawk

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978-1-64317-017-6 (paperback, $34.00); 978-1-64317-018-3 (hardcover, $65.00); 978-1-64317-019-0 (Adobe eBook on CD, $20) © 2018 by Parlor Press. 270 pages, with notes, illustrations, bibliography, and index.

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Of all the topics of interest in the digital humanities, the network has received comparatively little attention. We live in a networked society: texts, sounds, ideas, people, consumerism, protest movements, politics, entertainment, academia, and other items circulate in and through networks that come together and break apart at various moments. In these interactions, data sets of all sorts are formed, or at the least, are latent. Such data affect what the humanities is or might be. While there exist networked spaces of interaction for digital humanities work, considering in more detail how networks affect traditional and future goals of humanistic inquiry is a timely pursuit. Networked Humanities: Within and Without the University takes up this issue as a volume of collected work that asks these questions: Have the humanities sufficiently addressed the ways its various forms of work, as networks, affect other networks, within and outside of the university? What might a networked digital humanities be, or what is it currently if it does, indeed, exist? Can an understanding of the humanities as a series of networks affect—positively or negatively—the ways publics perceive humanities research, pedagogy, and mission? In addressing these questions, Networked Humanities offers both a critical and timely contribution to the spacious present and potential future of the digital humanities, both within academe and beyond.

Contributors include Neil Baird, Jenny Bay, Casey Boyle, James J. Brown, Jr., Levi R. Bryant, Naomi Clark, Bradley Dilger, Kristie S. Fleckenstein, Paul Gestwicki, Tarez Samra Graban, Jeffrey T. Grabill, Laurie Gries, Byron Hawk, John Jones, Nate Kreuter, Devoney Looser, Rudy McDaniel, Derek Mueller, Liza Potts, Jeff Pruchnic, Jim Ridolfo, Nathaniel Rivers, Jillian J. Sayre, Lars Söderlund, Clay Spinuzzi, and Kathleen Blake Yancey.

About the Editors

Jeff Rice is the Martha B Reynolds Professor of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of several books on writing, rhetoric, and new media. Brian McNely is Associate Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies at the University of Kentucky. He studies everyday genres, technologies, objects, and practices of communication.


1 Introduction: Networked Humanities
Jeff Rice and Brian McNely

Networked Disciplinarity
2 Provocation: On the Question of What a Networked Humanities Might Be
Jeffrey T. Grabill

3 A Natural History of Networks
Jeff Pruchnic

4 Reading in Slow Motion: Thinking with the Network
Jillian J. Sayre and James J. Brown, Jr.

5 Provocation: Networked History, Networked Humanities
Jim Ridolfo

6 Networked Asymmetry and Survivability in the Digital Humanities
Nate Kreuter

7 Provocation: Networked Humanities, Past and Present
Devoney Looser

Networked Materialisms
8 New Materialisms, Networks, and Humanities Research
Laurie Gries, Jenny Bay, Derek Mueller, and Nathaniel Rivers

9 Provocation: Teaching Networked Humanities through Interdisciplinary Projects
Paul Gestwicki

10 Ripple Effects:  Toward a Topos of Deployment for Feminist Historiography in Rhetoric and Composition
Tarez Samra Graban

11 Provocation: “We have mult[i]ple nets to fit into”: Understanding Networked Claims
Clay Spinuzzi

12 Homeless Infrastructure
Casey Boyle

13 Provocation: Minding the Network: An Eco-logic for Networked Humanities
Kristie S. Fleckenstein

14 Provocation: We Are the Network: Creating Gravity in the Digital Humanities
Liza Potts

15 The Limitations of Choice: Toward A New Materialist Reading of “Mommy War” Rhetorics
Naomi Clark

16 Provocation: “Even if it’s just Writing Letters”: Networking Japanese Americans in World War II
Kathleen Blake Yancey

Networked Processes
17 Elaborating a Network: Rhetoric’s Relationship with Psychology’s Elaboration Likelihood Model and the Promise and Risks of Expanding It
Lars Söderlund

18 Provocation: Networked Humanities as a Creative Collaboration
Rudy McDaniel

19 Hacking the Humanities
John Jones

20 Three Theses for an Ontology of Networks
Levi R. Bryant

21 Provocation: Networked Research, Networked Ethics
Neil Baird and Bradley Dilger

22 Afterword: Notes Toward a Liberated Network Language
Byron Hawk


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