Steven E. Jones is DeBartolo Chair in Liberal Arts and Professor of Digital Humanities in the Department of English, University of South Florida. For a list of publications, talks, and presentations, as well as contact information, see the curriculum vitae. Current research includes a collaborative project, “Reconstructing the First Humanities Computing Center,” supported by an NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant (2017-2019), and a book in progress on optical scanners, how they work and what they mean in the context of ubiquitous digitization. Published books include:
Roberto Busa, S. J., and the Emergence of Humanities Computing: The Priest and the Punched Cards (Routledge, 2016), a book about the Italian Jesuit scholar who collaborated with IBM to produce a massive concordance to the works of St. Thomas Aquinas. It’s a kind of biography of Busa’s project in its first decade, 1949-1959. (See the companion website for annotated images.)
The Emergence of the Digital Humanities (Routledge, 2014) argues that cultural responses to changes in technology, what William Gibson has called the eversion of cyberspace, provide an essential context for understanding the emergence of the new digital humanities about a decade ago. (See the companion website for more on the book.)
A book coauthored with George K. Thiruvathukal, Codename Revolution: The Nintendo Wii Platform (MIT Press, 2012), takes an interdisciplinary approach to the Wii in its cultural contexts, as a contribution to the Platform Studies series, edited by Ian Bogost and Nick Montfort.
The Meaning of Video Games (Routledge 2008) takes a textual-studies approach to games and game-related media, arguing that the rich complexity of games as social phenomena can be understood with the help of concepts such as the paratext, the social text, and collaborative authority–and that textual studies can be enriched by the study of games.
Other books include Against Technology (Routledge, 2006), about the historical Luddite movement in Britain (1811-17) and its neo-Luddite descendants, Satire and Romanticism (St. Martin’s, 2000), a study of how satiric and romantic forms of writing helped to construct one another in the nineteenth century,
and Shelley’s Satire (Northern Illinois UP, 1994).