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Jerome McGann Conversation

Jerome McGann talks to Charles Bernstein about the continuing importance of Blake and the Pre-Raphaelites, about poetry as a form of knowledge, about the disease of Romantic Ideology with special reference to Byron and Wordsworth, and about the textual condition in new and old media, with special to the inevitably of multiple variants of any work.

Jerome McGann is a textual scholar, who has created editions of the work of Byron, Swinburne, and Rosetti, as well as the Rosetti web archive. His is the author of A Critique of Modern Textual Criticism, among many other works. He is also the founder of the Applied Research in Patacriticism digital laboratory.



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Conversations and readings with poets and artists, produced in cooperation with PennSound and hosted by Charles Bernstein, the American poet, theorist, editor, and literary scholar. Bernstein was born in New York City in 1950. He is a foundational member and leading practitioner of Language poetry. Bernstein was educated at the Bronx High School of Science and at Harvard University, where he studied philosophy with Stanley Cavell and wrote his final thesis on Gertrude Stein and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

In the mid-1970s Bernstein became active in the experimental poetry scenes in New York and San Francisco, not only as a poet, but also as an editor, publisher, and theorist. With visual artist and wife Susan Bee, Bernstein published several now well-known poets whose work is associated with Language writing.