In this offers a methodological response to recent efforts by scholars in rhetoric and composition/writing studies to account for patterns indicative of the discipline's maturation. Influenced by work on distant reading and thin description, this monograph attends to forms of knowledge newly available via computationally mined, aggregated data from large collections of texts, which is then used to build experimental models for discerning non-obvious relationships. By shedding light on large-scale patterns, the models promote what Mueller refers to as a network sense of the field, which regards these as crucial structures of participation for orienting newcomers to the shifting terrain of disciplinary knowledge and for sustaining a generalist's wherewithal in the midst of a growing archive of increasingly specialized scholarship.
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Table of Contents
Methods for Visualizing Disciplinary Patterns
Patterned Images of a Discipline: Database, Scale, Pattern
Turn Spotting: The Discipline as a Confluence of Words
The Thin, Long Tail of Citation Frequency
Emplaced Disciplinary Networks: Toward an Atlas of Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies
Network Sense: Patterned Connections Across a Maturing Discipline