Jerome McGann

Jerome McGann

Jerome McGann (born July 22, 1937) is a textual scholar whose work focuses on the history of literature and culture from the late eighteenth-century to the present.


Educated at Le Moyne College (B.S. 1959), Syracuse University (M.A. 1962) and Yale University (Ph.D., 1966), McGann currently teaches at the University of Virginia (1986-present), where he arrived after leaving Duke University.

McGann is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Other awards include: Melville Cane Award, American Poetry Society, 1973, for his work on Swinburne as "The Year's Best Critical Book about Poetry"; Distinguished Scholar Award from the Keats-Shelley Association of America (1989); Distinguished Scholar Award from the Byron Society of America, 1989; and the Wilbur Cross Medal, Yale University Graduate School, 1994.

In 2002 he was the recipient of three major awards: the Richard W. Lyman Award for Distinguished Contributions to Humanities Computing, National Humanities Center (first award reciptient); the James Russell Lowell Award (from the Modern Language Association) for "Radiant Textuality" as the Most Distinguished Scholarly Book of the Year; and the Mellon Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award. In 1996 the University of Chicago awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

He has been a Fulbright Fellow (1965-66), an American Philosophical Society Fellow (1967) and Guggenheim Fellow (1970-71, 1976-77) and has been awarded NEH grants in 1975-76, 1987-89, 2003-2006, as well as grants from the Getty Foundation and the Delmas Foundation. He has held more than a dozen other appointments, including President, Society for Textual Scholarship, 1995-1997; and President, Society for Critical Exchange, 2005-6. Since 1999 he has been a Senior Research Fellow, Institute of English Studies, University of London and since 2000 a Senior Research Fellow, University College, London. [ [ Jerome McGann Homepage] at the University of Virginia]

Academic Work

McGann's most notable works were the two books published in 1983, "The Romantic Ideology" and "A Critique of Modern Textual Criticism". McGann has also written four books of poetry including "Air Heart Sermons" (1976) and "Four Last Poems" (1996), both published by Pasdeloup Press in Canada. In 1993, McGann began his " [ The Rossetti Archive] " (1993-2008).

Recent Projects

In 2003, McGann founded the "Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-century Electronic Scholarship" and ARP software lab, he also began development on a number of humanities software tools (including IVANHOE, JuXta, and Collex).

Personal life

McGann has been married since 1960 (to Anne Lanni) and has three children (born 1963, 1965, 1967)


Cite book
publisher = Princeton University Press,
isbn = 0691015449 (PB : acid-free paper)
pages = xvi, 196p. : ill ; 25 cm.
last = McGann
first = Jerome J. (Jerome John)
title = Black riders the visible language of modernism
location = Princeton, N.J. :
date = 1993

External links

* [ NINES website]

elected Bibliography

*"Fiery Dust: Byron's Poetic Development". University of Chicago Press, 1969
*"Swinburne: An Experiment in Criticism". University of Chicago Press, 1972
*"The Romantic Ideology: A Critical Investigation". University of Chicago Press, 1983
*"A Critique of Modern Textual Criticism". University of Chicago Press, 1983
*"The Beauty of Inflections: Literary Investigations in Historical Method and Theory". Clarendon Press, 1985
*"Social Values and Poetic Acts". Harvard U. Press, 1987
*"Towards a Literature of Knowledge". Oxford U. Press and U. of Chicago Press, 1989
*"The Textual Condition". Princeton U. Press, 1991
*"Black Riders: The Visible Language of Modernism". Princeton UP, 1993
*"Byron: The Complete Poetical Works", ed. with Introduction, Apparatus, and Commentaries. 7 Vols. Clarendon Press, The Oxford English Texts series, 1980-1993
*"Poetics of Sensibility. A Revolution in Literary Style". Oxford UP, 1996
*"Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Game that Must be Lost". Yale UP, 2000
*"Radiant Textuality. Literature Since the World Wide Web". Palgrave/St Martins, 2001
*"Byron and Romanticism". Cambridge University Press, 2002
*"Algernon Charles Swinburne. Major Poems and Selected Prose". Yale UP, 2004
*"The Scholar's Art. Literary Studies in a Managed World". U. of Chicago Press, 2006
*"The Point is to Change It. Poetry and Criticism in the Continuing Present". U. of Alabama Press, 2007

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