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Jim English

John Welsh Centennial Professor of English, Director of the Penn Humanities Forum, and Founder of the Digital Humanities Forum at the University of Pennsylvania

Jim English's main fields of research are the sociology and economics of culture; the history of literary studies as a discipline; and British fiction, film, and television since the 1930s. His books include Comic Transactions: Literature, Humor, and the Politics of Community in Twentieth-Century Britain (Cornell 1994), The Economy of Prestige: Prizes, Awards, and the Circulation of Cultural Value (Harvard 2005), and The Global Future of English Studies (Blackwell, 2012). He is the editor of New Sociologies of Literature (2010), a special issue of NLH; The Concise Companion to Contemporary British Fiction (2005), a collection of essays about the scene and system of literary production in the UK; and for five years (1999–2004), of Postmodern Culture, the first peer-reviewed all-electronic journal in the humanities. He is currently working on two books: a study of contemporary British culture in the larger system of global Anglophone art and entertainment, and a history of the attempts to quantify aesthetic value. He is also working on a digital project aimed at mapping the field of contemporary Anglophone fiction by means of small data and quantitative relationships. Results of this research will be presented at a conference this coming spring on “Scale and Value: New Digital Approaches to Literary History” and published in a special issue of MLQ, both being co-organized with Ted Underwood.


PANEL: Making It Up: Creative Writing, Literary Study, and Digital Technologies
TITLE: "Round table discussion with Lorene Cary, Jim English, Al Filreis, and Mark McGurl"
TIME: Friday, September 12, 4:30 – 6:00pm