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William Beatty Warner  
English, UC Santa Barbara
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Professor, English Department
Director: UC Digital Cultures Project
U. of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3170
fax: (805) 893-4622



Education: B.A., Chinese Literature, University of Pennsylvania, 1968
MA. Ph.D, English Literature, Johns Hopkins University, 1977

William Warner, Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, works in the following fields: the Enlightenment; the novel; the history of media culture from the eighteenth century to the present; and free speech and censorship. His most recent book is Licensing Entertainment: the Elevation of Novel Reading, 1684-1750 (The University of California Press, 1998). His current research project is focused on Early American networks. It is part of a book project entitled, American Networks: from the Continental Congress to the Internet.


Modern Media, Theory, and Digital Cultures:

Cultural Institutions of the Novel,
ed. with Deirdre Lynch, Durham and London: Duke University Press, 1996, 488 pp.
Chance and the Text of Experience: Freud, Nietzsche, and Shakespeare's Hamlet
, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1986, 308 pp.

Computable Culture and the Closure of the Media Paradigm,” Post-Modern Culture, 12:3, May, 2002.
"Spectacular Action: Rambo, Reaganism, and the Cultural Articulations of the Hero," Cultural Studies, ed. Nelson,      Grossberg, and Triechler, Routledge, 1992, pp. 672-688.
"The Resistance to Popular Culture," American Literary History, 2:4, 1990, pp. 726-742.
"Treating Me Like an Object: Reading Catharine Anne MacKinnon," Feminism and Institutions, ed. Linda Kauffman,      Blackwell's, 1989, pp. 90-126.
"Spectacular Seduction: The Case of Freud, Masson & Malcolm," Raritan, 6:3, 1987, pp. 122-136.
"A Nuclear Analysis of the Korean Airline Disaster," with Richard Klein, Diacritics, 16:1, 1986, pp. 2-21.
"Dior's Designs," Word & Image, 2:3, 1985, pp. 351-379.
"'Love in Life': The Case of Nietzsche and Lou Salome," The Victorian Newsletter, Spring, 1985, pp. 14-17.
"Reading Rape: Marxist-Feminist Figurations of the Literal," Diacritics, 14:4, 1983, pp. 12-32.
"The Play of Fictions and Succession of Styles in Ulysses," The James Joyce Quarterly, Vol. 15, Fall, 1977, pp. 18-35.

“Institutionalizing E-Literature: Choices for the Author and the Editor”. In State of the Arts, ed. Scott Rettberg.

Eighteenth Century Media Culture:

Licensing Entertainment: The Elevation of Novel Reading in Britain (1684-1750), Berkeley: University of California Press,      1998, 325 pp.
Reading Clarissa: The Struggles of Interpretation
, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1979, 274 pp.

"Recent Studies in the Restoration and Eighteenth Century," Studies in English Literature. 40.3 Summer 2000.
"Novel Readers Reading," Eighteenth Century Fiction
"The Transport of the Novel," (Introduction with Deirdre Lynch), Cultural Institutions of the Novel, Durham and London:      Duke University Press, 1996, pp. 1-10.
"Formulating Fiction: Romancing the General Reader in Early Modern Britain," Cultural Institutions of the Novel, Durham      and London: Duke University Press, 1996, pp. 279-305.
"Licensing Pleasure: Literary History and the Novel in Early Modern Britain," The Columbia History of the British Novel,      ed. John Richetti, New York: Columbia University Press, 1994, pp. 1-22.
"The Elevation of the Novel in England: Hegemony and Literary History," ELH, 59, 1992, pp. 577-596.
"Social Power and the Novel: Foucault and Transparent Literary History," Eighteenth Century Fiction, 3:3, 1991, pp.      185-203.
"The Social Ethos of the Novel: McKeon's Not So Social Allegory of the Novel's Origins," Criticism, 32:2, 1990, pp.      241-253.
"Taking Dialectic with a Grain of Salt: A Reply to McKeon," Diacritics, 20:1, 1990, pp. 104-107.
"Realist Literary History: McKeon's New Origins of the Novel," Diacritics, 19:1, 1989, pp. 62-81.
"Redeeming Interpretation," Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, 26:1, 1985, pp. 73-94.
"Proposal and Habitation: The Temporality and Authority of Interpretation in and about a Scene of Richardson's Clarissa,"      Boundary  2, Vol.8, Winter, 1979, pp. 169-200


Modern Media, Theory, and Digital Cultures:

“After 9/11: Wiring Networks for Security and Liberty”
The Geopolitics of Napster; or, New Media North and South A Digital Broadside
Media Determinism and Media Freedom after the Digital Mutation: The Matrix and Napster
Media technology ambivalence: Novel reading, TV watching, Web surfing

Eighteenth Century Media Culture:

“Enlightened Anonymity”, Interfacing Knowledge, March, 2002
Staging Readers Reading
"I shop therefore I am:" the new scholarship on 18th century consumption ; or, LIFE IN A NETWORK OF HUMANS AND      NONHUMANS"


Modern Media, Theory, and Digital Cultures:

Media Culture: Film, Radio, Television, and the Internet: Undergraduate course, Winter, 2003, UC Santa Barbara
Free Speech, Censorship and Copyright: from the Declaration of Independence to Napster: Undergraduate course, Winter, 2003, UC Santa Barbara
Atlantic Empire: from Colonization to Rebellion: Graduate Course, Fall, 2002, UC Santa Barbara
The American Revolution: Undergraduate Course, Fall, 2002, UC Santa Barbara
Science Fiction: Undergraduate Course, Spring, 2002, UC Santa Barbara
Theory and Cultural History of 20th Century Media: Graduate English Course, Winter 2002, UC Santa Barbara

Studies in American Literature: Digitalizing Culture: Graduate English Course, Spring 2001, UC Santa Barbara
Cyborg Genealogies: Undergraduate English Seminar, Spring 2000, UC Santa Barbara

Eighteenth Century Media Culture:
Enlightenment Communications: English and American Literature from 1650 to 1789: Undergraduate Course, Winter, 2001

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