1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Jerome McGann

University Professor, John Stewart Bryan Professor

440 Bryan Hall

Office Hours:

W 1:00-5:00, and by appointment

Class Schedule:

TR 12:30-1:45, 3:30-4:45

Degrees

Ph.D. Yale, 1966
M.A. Syracuse, 1962
B.S. LeMoyne, 1959

Specialties

19th C American, 19th C British, 20th C American, 20th C British, Bibliography, Book History & Culture, Digital Humanities, Romanticism, Textual Studies

Books

The Invention Tree, Tuscon: Chax Press, 2012
Radiant Textuality, Palgrave/St. Martins, 2004
Thomas Lovell Beddoes's Death's Jest Book. A Stage Version, Belper, Derbyshire: The Thomas Lovell Beddoes Society, 2003
Byron and Romanticism, Cambridge University Press, 2002
Byron and Wordsworth, Nottingham: University Of Nottingham, 1999
Poetics of Sensibility, Oxford University Press, 1998
Four Last Poems, Stratford, Ontario: Pasdeloup Press, 1996
Black Riders, Princeton University Press, 1993
The New Oxford Book of Romantic Period Verse, Oxford University Press, 1993
A Critique of Modern Textual Criticism, University of Virginia Press, 1992
The Textual Condition, Princeton University Press, 1991
Towards a Literature of Knowledge, Oxford University Press and University of Chicago Press, 1989
The Beauty of Inflections, Clarendon Press, 1988
Social Values and Poetic Acts, Harvard University Press, 1988
The Romantic Ideology, University of Chicago Press, 1983

Edited Works

Poe and the Remapping of Antebellum Print Culture, ed. with J. Gerald Kennedy. Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 2012
Online Humanities Scholarship. The Shape of Things to Come, Houston: Rice University Press, 2010
Stephen Crane. The Black Riders and Other Lines, (a facsimile edition with associated materials), ed. Houston: Rice University Press, 2009
Algernon Charles Swinburne. Major Poems and Selected Prose, ed. with Charles Sligh.New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004
Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The Collected Works, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003
Letitia Elizabeth Landon: Selected Writings, ed. with Daniel Riess. Peterborough: Broadview Press, 1997

Forthcoming Works

Books

Lord Byron: The Complete Poetical Works, Clarendon Press: Oxford, 1983-1992. 7 Vols. (Editor)

Essays

  • "Epilogue: A Memorable Fancy", in Blake in Our Time. Essays in Honour of G. E. Bentley Jr., ed. Karen Mulhallen. U. of Toronto Press: Toronto, 2010: 262-264.
  • "Recitation Considered as a Fine Art," Experimental Literary Education, English Language Notes 47. 1 (Spring/Summer 2009): 181-183
  • "Literary History and Editorial Method; Poe and Antebellum America", New Literary History 40. 4 (Autumn 2009): 825-842.
  • "Literature by Design Since 1790", Victorian Poetry 48. 1 (Spring 2010): 11-40.
  • "Wagner, Baudelaire, Swinburne. Poetry in the Condition of Music", in the Centenary Swinburne Issue of Victorian Poetry 47.4 (Winter 2009): 619-632.
  • "Humane Studies in Digital Space", in Teaching Literature and Language Online, ed. Ian Lancashire MLA: New York, 2009): 89-103.
  • "Our Textual History", Times Literary Supplement No. 5564 (20 November 2009): 13-15.
  • "Is Romanticism Finished?", The Cambridge History of English Romantic Literature, ed. James Chandler. Cambridge UP: Cambridge, 2009: 648-664.
  • "Pseudodoxia Academica," Literary History in the Global Age, New Literary History 39.3 (Summer 2008): 645-656.
  • "Eunoia: Beauty or Truth (or What?)," The Antioch Review 67.1 (Winter 2009): 138-157.
  • "Laura Riding Jackson and Unabashed Storifying; or, The Story of Queen Story," Imagining Selves. Essays in Honor of Patricia Meyer Spacks, ed. Rivka Swenson and Elise Lauterbach. U. of Delaware Press: Newark, 2008: 266-286.
  • "The Life of the Dead. Laura Riding and the History of Twentieth-century Poetry", Authority Matters. Rethinking the Theory and Practice of Authorship, ed. Stephen Donovan et al. Rodopi: Amsterdam and New York, 2008: 121-140.
  • "Swinburne, 'Hertha', and the Voice of Language", Victorian Literature and Culture 36.2 (2008): 283-297.
  • Death's Jest Book on Stage in 2003", in The Ashgate Research Companion to Thomas Lovell Beddoes, ed. Ute Berns and Michael Bradshaw (Ashgate: Aldershot, 2007): 241-243.
  • "Interpretation", in Introduction to Scholarship in Modern Languages and Literature, third edition, ed. David Nicholl. Modern Language Assoc. of America: New York, 2007): 160-170.
  • "Reading Lines Forum" [by various hands], Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, 8/9 (Spring-Fall 2006): 135-137
  • "High Instincts and Real Presences: Two Romantic Responses to the Death of Beauty," in Repossessing the Romantic Past, ed. Heather Glen and Paul Hamilton. Cambridge UP: Cambridge, 2006: 226-243.
  • "Looney Tunes and Unheard Melodies: An Oulipian Colonescapade with a Critique of 'The Great-Ape Love-Song Corpus' and its Lexicon", Descant 133 (Summer 2006): 111-130
  • (with Dino Buzzetti),"Critical Editing in a Digital Horizon", in Electronic Textual Editing, eds. Burnard, O'Keeffe, and Unsworth (MLA: New York, 2006): 53-73
  • "From Text to Work. Digital Tools and the Emergence of the Social Text," in Variants 4: The Book as Artifact Text and Border, ed. Anne Mette Hensen, Roger Ludeke, Wolfgang Streit, Cristina Urchueguia, and Peter Shillingsburg, The Journal of the European Society for Textual Scholarship (2005): 225-240.
  • "'The Grand Heretics of Modern Fiction': Laura Riding, John Cowper Powys, and the Subjective Correlative," Modernism/Modernity 13. 2 (April 2006): 309-324.
  • Culture and Technology:The Way We Live Now, What is to be Done?", New Literary History 36 (winter 2005): 71-82.
  • "Marking Texts in Many Dimensions," in A Companion to Digital Humanities , eds. Schreibman, Siemens, and Unsworth (Blackwell: Oxford, 2004): 198-217.)
  • "Byron, George Gordon, Lord", The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
  • "Modernity and Complicity: A Dialogue" (with Johanna Drucker), in Textual Practice 18.2 (2004): 207-219.
  • "Walter Scott's Romantic Postmodernity in Scotland and the Borders of Romanticism , ed. Leith Davis, Ian Duncan, and Janet Sorensen. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2004: 113-129
  • "Beauty, the Irreal, and the Willing Assumption of Disbelief," Critical Inquiry 30 (summer 2004): 717-738.
  • "Texts in N-Dimensions and Interpretation in a New Key," Text Technology (Special Issue devoted to IVANHOE) 12.2 (2003): 1-18.
  • "Swinburne's Radical Artifice; or, The Comedian as A. C.," Modernism/Modernity 11.2 (April 2004): 205-218.
  • "DG Rossetti and the Art of the Inner Standing-Point", in Outsiders Looking In. The Rossettis then and now , ed. David Clifford and Laurence Roussillon (Anthem Press: London, 2004): 171-187.
  • "Phases of English Romanticism", in English Romantic Poetry , ed. Harold Bloom (Chelsea House: Philadelphia, 2004): 117-128.
  • "A Note on the Current State of Humanities Scholarship," The Future of Criticism -- A Critical Inquiry Symposium , Critical Inquiry 30. 2 (winter 2004), 409-413.
  • "Textonics: Literary and Cultural Studies in a Quantum World", in The Culture of Collected Editions , ed. Anrew Nash (Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, 2003): 245-260.
  • "Herbert Horne's Diversi Colores (1891): Incarnating the Religion of Beauty," New Literary History 34.3 (summer 2003), 535-554.
  • "Romantic Scholarship and Culture 1960-2001: A Byronic View," Byron and Greece , ed. Byron Raizis. Byron Society of Missolonghi: Athens, 2003, 4-23.
  • "Literary Scholarship and the Digital Future," The Chronicle Review [The Chronicle of Higher Education Section 2] (December 13, 2002), B7-B9.
  • "The Gutenberg Variations", TEXT 14 (2002), 1-14; RBM 3.1 (spring 2002), 15-31.
  • "Reading Fiction/Teaching Fiction. A Pedagogical Experiment," Pedagogy I. 1 (Winter 2001), 143-165.
  • "Fundamental Brainwork", London Review of Books 22 (30 March 2000), 24-26.
  • "A Commentary on Some of Rossetti's Translation from Dante," The Journal or PreRaphaelite Studies, NS 9 (spring 2000), 25-38.
  • "Composition as Explanation (of Modern and PostModern Poetries)," in A Book of the Book, ed. Jerome Rothenberg and Steven Clay (Granary Books: New York, 2000), 228-245.
  • "What is Text?", in Marking the Text. The Presentation of Meaning on the Digital Page, ed, Joe Bray, Miriam Handley, Anne C. Henry (Ashgate: Aldershot, 2000), 329-334.
  • "The Life of the Dead: Laura Riding and the History of 20th Century Poetry," Twentieth Century American Literature after Midcentury. International Conference Proceedings, Kyiv, 25-27 May 1999. (Dovira: Kyiv, 2000), 190-207.
  • "Rossetti Degree Zero," Athena's Shuttle: Myth Religion Ideology from Romanticism to Modernism, ed. Franco Marucci and Emma Sdegno (Cisalpino Istituto Editoriale Universitario: Milano, 2000), 11-29.

Articles

  • "Database, Interface, and Archival Fever", PMLA 122.5 (October 2007): 1588-1592.
  • "Death's Jest Book on Stage in 2003", in The Ashgate Research Companion to Thomas Lovell Beddoes, ed. Ute Berns and Michael Bradshaw (Ashgate: Aldershot, 2007): 241-243.
  • "Interpretation", in Introduction to Scholarship in Modern Languages and Literature, third edition, ed. David Nicholl. Modern Language Assoc. of America: New York, 2007): 160-170.
  • "Reading Lines Forum" [by various hands], Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, 8/9 (Spring-Fall 2006): 135-137
  • "High Instincts and Real Presences: Two Romantic Responses to the Death of Beauty," in Repossessing the Romantic Past, ed. Heather Glen and Paul Hamilton. Cambridge UP: Cambridge, 2006: 226-243.
  • "Looney Tunes and Unheard Melodies: An Oulipian Colonescapade with a Critique of 'The Great-Ape Love-Song Corpus' and its Lexicon", Descant 133 (Summer 2006): 111-130
  • (with Dino Buzzetti),"Critical Editing in a Digital Horizon", in Electronic Textual Editing, eds. Burnard, O'Keeffe, and Unsworth (MLA: New York, 2006): 53-73
  • "From Text to Work. Digital Tools and the Emergence of the Social Text," in Variants 4. The Book as Artifact Text and Border, ed. Anne Mette Hensen, Roger Ludeke, Wolfgang Streit, Cristina Urchueguia, and Peter Shillingsburg, The Journal of the European Society for Textual Scholarship (2005): 225-240 (two other versions of this essay have been published in: Romanticism on the Net 41-42 (Feb. - May 2006); and in Text 16 (2006): 49-62).
  • "'The Grand Heretics of Modern Fiction': Laura Riding, John Cowper Powys, and the Subjective Correlative," Modernism/Modernity 13. 2 (April 2006): 309-324.
  • "Culture and Technology:The Way We Live Now, What is to be Done?", New Literary History 36 (winter 2005): 71-82.
  • "Marking Texts in Many Dimensions," in A Companion to Digital Humanities , eds. Schreibman, Siemens, and Unsworth (Blackwell: Oxford, 2004): 198-217.)
  • "Byron, George Gordon, Lord", The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
  • "Modernity and Complicity: A Dialogue" (with Johanna Drucker), in Textual Practice 18.2 (2004): 207-219.
  • "Walter Scott's Romantic Postmodernity in Scotland and the Borders of Romanticism , ed. Leith Davis, Ian Duncan, and Janet Sorensen. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2004: 113-129.
  • "Beauty, the Irreal, and the Willing Assumption of Disbelief," Critical Inquiry 30 (summer 2004): 717-738.
  • "Texts in N-Dimensions and Interpretation in a New Key," Text Technology (Special Issue devoted to IVANHOE) 12.2 (2003): 1-18.
  • "Swinburne's Radical Artifice; or, The Comedian as A. C.," Modernism/Modernity 11.2 (April 2004): 205-218.
  • "DG Rossetti and the Art of the Inner Standing-Point", in Outsiders Looking In. The Rossettis then and now , ed. David Clifford and Laurence Roussillon (Anthem Press: London, 2004): 171-187.
  • "Phases of English Romanticism", in English Romantic Poetry , ed. Harold Bloom (Chelsea House: Philadelphia, 2004): 117-128.
  • "A Note on the Current State of Humanities Scholarship," The Future of Criticism -- A Critical Inquiry Symposium , Critical Inquiry 30. 2 (winter 2004), 409-413.
  • "Textonics: Literary and Cultural Studies in a Quantum World", in The Culture of Collected Editions , ed. Anrew Nash (Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, 2003): 245-260.
  • "Herbert Horne's Diversi Colores (1891): Incarnating the Religion of Beauty," New Literary History 34.3 (summer 2003), 535-554.
  • "Romantic Scholarship and Culture 1960-2001: A Byronic View," Byron and Greece , ed. Byron Raizis. Byron Society of Missolonghi: Athens, 2003, 4-23.
  • "Literary Scholarship and the Digital Future," The Chronicle Review [The Chronicle of Higher Education Section 2] (December 13, 2002), B7-B9.
  • "The Gutenberg Variations", TEXT 14 (2002), 1-14; RBM 3.1 (spring 2002), 15-31.
  • "Compu[e]ting Editorial Fu[ea]tures," in Reimagining Textuality. Textual Studies in the Late Age of Print , ed. Elizabeth Bergmann Loizeaux and Neil Fraistat (U of Wisconsin Press: Madison, 2002), 17-27.
  • "Dialogue and Interpretation at the Interface of Man and Machine. Reflections on Textuality and a Proposal for an Experiment in Machine Reading," Computers and the Humanities 36 (2002): 95-107.
  • with Johanna Drucker], "Images as the Text: Pictographs and Pictographic Rhetoric," Information Design Journal 10.2 (2000/1), 95-106.
  • "Who's Carving Up the Nineteenth-Century?," PMLA 116 no. 5 (October 2001), 1415-1421.
  • "Introduction," Public Artist, Private Passions: The World of Edward Linley Sambourne . Leighton House Publications: [London], 2001, 3-4.
  • "Visible and Invisible Books. Hermetic Images in N-Dimensional Space," New Literary History 32 (spring 2001), 283-300.
  • "Byron and Romanticism: An Interview with Jerome McGann," with James Soderholm. New Literary History 32 (winter 2001), 47-66.
  • "Rossetti Degree Zero," Athena's Shuttle. Myth Religion Ideology from Romanticism to Modernism , ed. Franco Marucci and Emma Sdegno (Cisalpino Istituto Editoriale Universitario: Milano, 2000), 11-29.
  • "The Life of the Dead: Laura Riding and the History of 20th Century Poetry," Twentieth Century American Literature after Midcentury . International Conference Proceedings, Kyiv, 25-27 May 1999. (Dovira: Kyiv, 2000), 190-207.
  • "Reading Fiction/Teaching Fiction. A Pedagogical Experiment," Pedagogy I. 1 (Winter 2001), 143-165.
  • "What is Text?", in Marking the Text. The Presentation of Meaning on the Digital Page , ed. Joe Bray, Miriam Handley, Anne C. Henry (Ashgate: Aldershot, 2000), 329-334.
  • "Composition as Explanation (of Modern and PostModern Poetries)," in A Book of the Book , ed. Jerome Rothenberg and Steven Clay (Granary Books: New York, 2000), 228-245.
  • "A Commentary on Some of Rossetti's Translations from Dante," The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies , NS 9 (spring 2000), 25-38.
  • "Fundamental Brainwork", London Review of Books 22 (30 March 2000), 24-26.
  • "Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Embodiment of Knowledge". The Harold Jantz Memorial Lecture, 1998 (Oberlin College, 1999).
  • "Textual Scholarship, Textual Theory, and the Uses of Electronic Tools. A Brief Report on Current Undertakings," Victorian Studies 41 (summer, 1998), 609-619.
  • "Poetry", in An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age. British Culture 1776-1832 ,, ed. Iain McCalman (Oxford UP: Oxford, 1999), 270-278.
  • "Deformance and Interpretation," New Literary History 30 (Winter, 1999), 25-56 (With Lisa Samuels).
  • "Dante and Rossetti: Translation, Pastiche, Ritual, Fate." The Hilda Hulme Lecture . (School of Advanced Study, U. of London, 1998).
  • "Hideous Progeny, Rough Beasts: Editing as a Theoretical Pursuit," TEXT XI (1998-1999), 1-16.
  • "Rossetti's Iconic Page", in The Iconic Page in Manuscript, Print, and Digital Culture, ed. George Bornstein and Theresa Tinkle (Ann Arbor: U. of Michigan Press, 1998), 123-140.
  • "The Failures of Romanticism", in Romanticism, History, and the Possibilities of Genre, ed. Tilottama Rajan and Julia M. Wright (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1998), 270-286.
  • "The Rationale of Hypertext," in Electronic Text, Investigations in Method and Theory, ed. Katheryn Sutherland (Oxford UP, 1997), 19-46.
  • "Art and Error: With Special Reference to the Poetry of Robert Duncan," Modern Language Studies (Special Issue on "The Problem of Beauty", ed. Lisa Samuels) 17 no.2 (Summer 1997), 9-22. "The Alice Fallacy; or, Reptiles of the Mind. A Dialogue of Pleasure and Instruction," Chain (Summer 1995).
  • "Medieval v. Victorian v. Modern: D. G. Rossetti's Art of Images," Modernism/Modernity 2 (Jan. 1995), 97-112.
  • "Canonade," New Literary History 25 (Summer, 1994), 487-504.
  • "Rethinking Romanticism," English Literary History (1992)

Online Publications

Institutional Work

Steering Committee, National Digital Public Library

Honors and Appointments

  • Senior Research Fellow, U. of California, Berkeley 2009-
  • Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, University of Athens, 2009
  • Co-Founder (with Edward Ayers, Alan Batson, Kendon Stubbs, William Wolf), Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities: University of Virginia, 1993-
  • Founder and Project Director: ARP (Applied Research in 'Patacriticism) , U. of Virginia, 2003-
  • Founder and Co-Director: NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship , 2003-2008
  • ACLS Committee on Cyberinfrastructure, 2004-2006 President, Society for Critical Exchange, 2005-2006
  • James Russell Lowell Award (from the Modern Language Association) for Radiant Textuality as the Most Distinguished Scholarly Book of the Year, 2002
  • Mellon Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award, 2002
  • Richard W. Lyman Award for Distinguished Contributions to Humanities Computing, National Humanities Center, 2002 (first award reciptient)
  • Co-Founder (with Johanna Drucker): Speculative Computing Laboratory (SPECLAB) , University of Virginia, 2001-2003
  • Senior Research Fellow, University College, London University, 2000-
  • Senior Research Fellow, Institute of English Studies, University of London, 1999-
  • Avalon Visiting Professor, Northwestern U., fall 1997
  • Getty Foundation Research Award, 3 years from 1999
  • Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, University of Chicago, 1996
  • President, Society for Textual Scholarship, 1995-1997
  • Beckman Visiting Professor, U. of California/Berkeley, 1994
  • Wilbur Cross Medal, Yale University Graduate School, 1994
  • Fellow, Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, 1992-1993; Associate Fellow, 1993-
  • Distinguished Scholar Award from the Keats-Shelley Association of America, 1989
  • NEH Fellow, 1975-76, 1987-1989, 2003-2006
  • Byron Society, Distinguished Scholar Award, 1989
  • The Alexander Lectures, University of Toronto, Spring 1986: "Adverse Wheels: The Truth Functions of Poetic Discourse" (in part published as Social Values and Poetic Acts.
  • Melville Cane Award, American Poetry Society, 1973, for Swinburne as "The Year's Best Critical Book about Poetry."
  • Guggenheim Fellow, 1970-1971, 1976-1977
  • Fels Foundation Fellow, 1965-1966 American Philosophical Society Fellow, 1967, summer
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fulbright Fellow, 1965-1966