Professor Jerome McGann Is Honored With MLA Book Prize And Mellon
National Distinguished Achievement Award Providing Up To $1.5 Million
December 2, 2002--
University of Virginia English professor Jerome McGann is
one of five U.S. scholars to be honored with the Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation’s second annual Distinguished Achievement Award
in the humanities. The award, for significant contributions to teaching
and research, is for up to $1.5 million to strengthen the University’s
humanities scholarship and teaching through programs McGann is affiliated
authority on 19th- and 20th-century literature and culture and a
leader in using computers for expanding traditional methods of scholarship,
McGann has also been awarded
the Modern Language Association’s prestigious James Russell
Lowell Prize for his book “Radiant Textuality: Literature
after the World Wide Web,” published by Palgrave Press. The
prize is awarded annually for the most outstanding literary study
by a member of the association.
three-year Mellon grant will be used to develop a pair of digital
instruments that enhance the critical study of traditional humanities
material. “Ivanhoe” is an interpretive game-space for
a group of students or scholars; and “The Patacritical Demon”
is an experimental environment for modeling and tracking emergent
interpretations of complex textual fields such as poems. McGann
has been developing these projects with a team of colleagues and
graduate students from Arts & Sciences.
the most important literary scholars of recent decades, Professor
McGann has had a major impact on humanistic scholarship in his own
field and others,” the award noted. “In numerous monographs,
essays and scholarly editions, his work has covered a range that
includes the Romantic-era writers, Victorian literature, Modernism,
the language poets and women’s poetry. He has also made significant
contributions to literary theory and the understanding and practice
of textual scholarship.”
his pioneering work in digital humanities, the foundation cited
McGann’s "The Complete Writings and Pictures of Dante
Gabriel Rossetti: A Hypermedia Research Archive."
The massive electronic archive allows scholars and students to trace
the Victorian author and artist’s work from manuscripts into
print, and to view his drawings and paintings, read scholarly studies
or use search engines for new research. It was developed through
U.Va.’s Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities,
which McGann co-founded.
this year, McGann was named the first recipient of a $25,000 National
Humanities Center award for the use of computers to expand traditional
notions of humanities scholarship and teaching. He has written extensively
on computing in the humanities, most recently in “Radiant
Mellon Distinguished Achievement awards are designed to honor individuals
and to recognize the interdependence of scholars and their institutions.
The grants themselves support specific programs.
2002 Mellon winners, selected through an intensive process by a
panel of scholars, are Michael Cook, professor of Near Eastern Studies
at Princeton University; Sheila Fitzpatrick, professor of Russian
history at the University of Chicago; Michael McCormick, professor
of medieval history at Harvard University; and Susan Wolf, professor
of philosophy at the University of North Carolina.
Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856