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1Name:  Dr. Jerome J. McGann
 Institution:  University of Virginia; University of California, Berkeley
 Year Elected:  2014
 Class:  4. Humanities
 Subdivision:  402a
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1937
Jerome McGann is John Stewart Bryan Professor in the Department of English at the University of Virginia. Ph.D., Yale University, 1966. He was Assistant Professor, University of Chicago, 1966-75; Professor, Johns Hopkins University, 1975-80; Dreyfuss Professor of the Humanities at the California Institute of Technology, 1980-86; Commonwealth Professor, University of Virginia, 1986-93; Thomas Holloway Professor of Victorian Studies, Royal Holloway College, University of London, 1999-2002. He has been Research Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley since 2007. No one has done as much to guarantee the future of digital Humanities as Jerome McGann. He was President of the Society for Textual Scholarship (1995-97). Dr. McGann is co-founder of the University of Virginia Speculative Computing Laboratory (SPECLAB), Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship (NINES), and The Ivanhoe Project. His first monumental book on textual theory, in which he developed the idea that one has to treat texts as socialized, came out of his work on the poetry of Byron. His interests rapidly moved in the direction of digital presentation of sources. His Dante Gabriele Rossetti archive at Virginia has been a model as to what it is possible to accomplish, and since setting that up he has been actively involved in all kinds of on-line procedures, of which his NINES project is only the latest manifestation. McGann has been the most important person in this entire area. Whereas others could simply have derived a new perspective from his Byron experience, McGann has used it as a way to rethink the entire editorial enterprise in terms of the web and on-line possibilities. This turns out to be particularly important for writers who were also engaged in art, such as Rossetti or Blake. He is the author of many books, including: A Critique of Modern Textual Criticism (1983); The Beauty of Inflections, Literary Investigations in Historical Method and Theory (1985); Social Values and Poetic Acts (1987); The Textual Condition, 1991; Byron and Romanticism, (2002); Radiant Textuality, Literature since the World Wide Web (2004); The Scholar’s Art, Literary Studies in a Managed World (2006); The Poet Edgar Allen Poe: Alien Angel (2014); and A New Republic of Letters: Humanities Scholarship in an Age of Digital Reproduction (2014). He was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 1994. Jerome McGann has been the recipient of many prizes, including the Richard W. Lyman Award for Distinguished Contribution to Humanities Computing, the James Russell Lowell Award from The Modern Language Association, a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and a Thomas Jefferson Award from the University of Virginia. Jerome McGann was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society in 2014.
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