John Ivor Carlson


Education


  • Ph.D. in English Language and Literature - University of Virginia, January 2007
  • M.A. in English Language and Literature - University of Virginia, May 1999
  • Certification in Medieval Studies - University of Virginia, May 1999
  • B.A. in English Language and Literature - College of William and Mary, May 1997 (Summa cum Laude)

Dissertation


The Alliterative Morte Arthure: A ‘Hyper-Critical’ Edition

     This dissertation, an edition of the Morte Arthure encoded in extensible mark-up language (XML), introduces an approach to electronic editing that eschews common archival models for critical engagement with a single literary object. It challenges the idea that the digital medium leads to “post-critical” editing and instead shows how it can encourage scholarship in which editorial mediation itself becomes an object of active study. Adding significantly to our understanding of the poem's artistic value, this edition underscores the importance of traditional textual disciplines while demonstrating new applications for those skills in digital media. 

Advisors: Hoyt N. Duggan, David Vander Meulen, Peter Baker

Honors and Awards


  • Finalist in the second annual Nebraska Digital Workshop (an honor consisting of an award for my dissertation and invitation to speak), University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2007)
  • Digital Humanities Summer Institute Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2007)
  • Charles T. Wood Dissertation Grant, Medieval Academy of America (2003)
  • Departmental Dissertation Fellowship, University of Virginia (2002)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (1997)
  • Excellence in Critical Writing Award, William and Mary (1996)
  • Grant for summer study at Cambridge University, William and Mary (1995)

Grant-Funded Work


  • Scholarly Editions Award (Primary Investigator [PI]: Hoyt Duggan; An award funding work as adjunct editor on the Piers Plowman Electronic Archive), National Endowment for the Humanities (2004; 2006; 2008)
  • Andrew W. Mellon Grant for Yale University Press’ Stalin Digital Archive (PI: Jonathan Brent; An award funding work as digital production editor on Stalin Digital Archive) (2007)
  • Andrew W. Mellon Grant for the University of Virginia Press' Rotunda Imprint (PI: Mark Saunders; An award that funded work as project editor on The Papers of Thomas Jefferson and The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution) (2006; 2007) 

Publications (Sole Author)


  • “Scribal Intentions in Medieval Romance: A Case Study of Robert Thornton,” Studies in Bibliography 58 (forthcoming, 2009).
  • “Translating the alliterative Morte Arthure into a Digital Medium: The Influence of Physical Context on Editorial Theory,” Arthuriana (forthcoming, 2009).

Publications (Contributing Editor)


  • Stalin Digital Archive/Digitized Annals of Communism.  (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013); Available online at http://www.stalindigitalarchive.com.
  • Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution.  Ed. Edited by John P. Kaminski et. al. (Charlottesville, Va.: Rotunda Digital Imprint, University of Virginia Press, 2009); Available online at http://rotunda.upress.virginia.edu/founders/RNCN.html.
  • The Papers of Thomas Jefferson Digital Edition, Ed. Barbara B. Oberg and J. Jefferson Looney (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, Rotunda, 2008); Available online at http://rotunda.upress.virginia.edu:8080/founders/TSJN.html.
  • Huntington Library Ms Hm 128 (Hm). Eds. Michael Calabrese, Hoyt N. Duggan and Thorlac Turville-Petre (SEENET Series A.9, Medieval Academy of America and Boydell and Brewer, 2007).
  • British Library MS Additional 35287 (M). Eds. Eric Eliason and Thorlac Turville-Petre (SEENET Series A.7, Medieval Academy of America and Boydell and Brewer, 2005).
  • MS Laud Misc. 581 Bodleian Library S.C. 987 (L). Eds. Hoyt N. Duggan and Ralph Hanna III (SEENET Series A.6, Medieval Academy of America and Boydell and Brewer, 2004).
  • MS Oriel College, Oxford 79 (O). Ed. Katherine Heinrichs (SEENET Series A.5, Medieval Academy of America and Boydell and Brewer, 2004).
  • MS B.15.17, Trinity College, Cambridge (W). Eds. Thorlac Turville-Petre and Hoyt N. Duggan (SEENET Series A.2, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2000).

Works in Progress


Digital Archives (as Project/Digital Production Editor)
  • Posen Digital Library of Jewish History.  (New Haven: Yale University Press, forthcoming 2013); See online notice at http://www.posenlibrary.com.
  • Samuel Johnson Papers Online.  Ed. Robert DeMaria  (New Haven: Yale University Press, forthcoming November 2014).

Papers and Conferences


  • “Literary Text as Equation: The Critical Implications of Digital Humanism,” TEI at 20: 20 Years of Supporting the Digital Humanities (TEI Members' Meeting), University of Maryland, College Park, November 2007.
  • John Carlson, Mary Ann Lugo, and David Sewell, “Outsourcing Complex Digitization: Lessons Learned” (Poster session), TEI at 20: 20 Years of Supporting the Digital Humanities (TEI Members' Meeting), University of Maryland, College Park, November 2007.
  • “Old Wine in New Skins: Medieval Metrics and TEI Hypertext,” New Horizons in Teaching and Research Conference, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, May 2007.
  • “An Application of Hypertext to Metrical Studies: Practical Recommendations,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 2007.
  • "Editorial Perversity: Random Observations on the Morte Arthure, Metrics, and Hypertext Studies," Johns Hopkins University/University of Virginia Medieval Manuscript Digitization Workshop, March 2007.
  • Participant in Scholars' Advisory Panel for the Digital Library Federation, Washington D.C., May 2006.
  • “Breaking the Code: Isolating Archetypal Versification Patterns in the Morte Arthure through computerized analysis,” Studies in the History of the English Language, Northern Arizona University, September 2005.
  • "Creating a dynamic archive: PPEA and XSL," Piers Plowman Archive Workshops, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, August 2005.
  • “Versification Patterns in the Morte Arthure,” Conference on the Metre of Alliterative Verse, University of Bristol, Bristol, July 2005.
  • “The Application of Thought to Textual Criticism: Reconciling Critical Editing and the Digital Medium,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference, Roanoke, November 2004.
  • “Hyper-Criticism and the Piers Plowman Electronic Archive: Some Proposals,” Piers Plowman Electronic Archive Workshops, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, July 2004.
  • “A Theory of Hyper-Criticism: Critical Editing in an Electronic Age,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 2004.
  • “A New Direction in Hypertextual Studies,” University of Virginia Graduate Student Conference, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, April 2004.
  • “Yorkshire’s Gifted Amateur: A Reexamination of Robert Thornton’s Scribal Habits,” University of Virginia Graduate Student Conference, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, April 2002.
  • “Hugh of Lincoln and Twelfth-Century Moral Theology: A Comparative Study of Adam of Eynsham’s Magna Vita Hugonis and Giraldus Cambrensis’ Vita Sancti Hugonis,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 1999.

Research and Teaching Interests


Medieval literature; Textual studies (scholarly editing, paleography, codicology); Digital humanism; History of the book; History of the English language (historical linguistics); Alliterative metrics; Medieval romance; Chaucer and his imitators (especially Scottish Chaucerians); New media

Teaching Experience


Graduate Instructor, Department of English, University of Virginia (1999-2005)

List of Courses:

  • History of Literature in English I – Discussion section for survey class covering literature from Beowulf to 1700 (Fall 2005; Fall 2003; Fall 2000)
  • A Fractured Mirror for Princes: Shakespeare’s History Plays – Independent literature course (Spring 2004)
  • Arthurian Legends – Composition Course (Spring 2003; Spring 2002; Fall 2001)
  • Tales and their Tellers – Introductory literary criticism course (Spring 2002)
  • Beauty and Monstrosity – Introductory literary criticism course (Fall 2001)
  • Medieval Society – Composition Course (Spring 2001)
  • Religion and Academics – Composition Course (Spring 2000; Fall 1999)

Further Digital Humanities Experience


Digital Production Editor, Yale University Press (2008-Present)

(http://www.yaledailynews.com/articles/view/23480)

    Responsibilities for this position include managing the digitization of the Annals of Communism series, the personal papers of Joseph Stalin, and several other projects. This position is funded with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.        

    Reference Contact: Katherine Brown, Chief Operating Officer (Yale University Press).

Adjunct Editor, Piers Plowman Electronic Archive (1998-2010)

(http://www.iath.virginia.edu/seenet/piers/)

    Responsibilities for this position involve every stage of the editing and publishing processes, including the creation of linguistic descriptions, manuscript descriptions, proof-reading from manuscript images, digitization, etc. (see publication list above for specific volumes). I share primary responsibility with Hoyt Duggan for editing Trinity College, MS 213 (D.4.12). 

    Reference Contact: Professor Emeritus Hoyt N. Duggan, English Department, University of Virginia.

Project Editor, Rotunda Electronic Imprint (University of Virginia Press) (2007-2008)

(http://rotunda.upress.virginia.edu/)

    Responsibilities for this position included digitizing editions within the American Founding Era series (Washington Papers, Jefferson Papers, etc.). This position was partially funded with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

    Reference Contact: David Sewell, Editorial and Technical Manager, Rotunda Digital Imprint/University of Virginia Press.

Digital Conversion Consultant (Web, XML), Digital Library Federation (2004-2007)

(http://www.diglib.org/)

    Responsibilities for this position included converting DLF (Digital Library Federation) publications into TEI-compliant XML, maintaining an extensive registry of digital library resources, and designing other internet resources. This position involved participation on several scholarly advisory committees. 

    Reference Contact: David Seaman, Associate Librarian for Information Management (Dartmouth University) / formerly Executive Director of the DLF.

Programmer/Text Encoder, University of Virginia’s Electronic Text Center (2003-2007)

(http://www2.lib.virginia.edu/etext/history.html)

    Responsibilities included encoding a wide range of texts in Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) extensible mark-up language (XML). This position involved work on many text-related programming tasks and required knowledge of languages like Perl, PHP, MySQL, XSLT, Xforms, XSL-FO, etc.

    Reference Contact: Matthew Gibson, Managing Editor, Encyclopedia Virginia / formerly Associate Director of the University of Virginia’s Electronic Text Center.

Other Related Experience


Medieval Area Representative, Graduate Student Association (2003-2004)

    In this role, I served as liaison between graduate students and faculty, finalizing the medieval English graduate program’s language requirements and helping schedule upcoming course offerings. The position also involved organizing an inter-departmental reading group for graduate students and faculty focused on medieval topics.

Languages


  • Middle and Old English
  • Classical and Medieval Latin
  • French, Spanish, and German (read)
  • Various programming languages

Professional Memberships


  • Medieval Academy of America
  • Modern Language Association
  • Text Encoding Initiative
  • Digital Medievalist
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