My greatest debt is to John Unsworth, who has been a dedicated advisor, judicious mentor, and generous friend. Without his example my own ideas of what knowledge and scholarship in the humanities could be would have been much diminished.
My deepest thanks also to Jerome McGann, who has likewise been with this project from the start and whose influence has been constant and profound.
I am grateful to both Michael Levenson from the English department and Kathy Ryall from the Computer Science department for agreeing to serve as readers on my committee at the eleventh hour.
Thanks to Christina Sharretts of the University of Virginia Library for cataloging and archiving the electronic objects of the dissertation.
Work on the dissertation and its related projects has happily brought me into contact with a great many people on the leading edge of a new humanities, and I would like to thank the following for their contributions to my own thinking and writing, both direct and indirect:
Espen Aarseth, Charles Bernstein, Todd Blayone, Marc Bousquet, Don Byrd, Julia Flanders, Chris Funkhouser, David Gants, Loss Glazier, Terry Harpold, Steve Jones, Eduardo Kac, Nancy Kaplan, Mark Kelley, Bob Koelker, Kari Kraus, Jack Lynch, Willard McCarty, Brad Mehlenbacher, Adrian Miles, Elli Mylonas, David Porush, Kent Puckett, Martin Rosenberg, Lisa Samuels, Ray Siemens, David Silver, Bennett Simpson, Carl Stahmer, Joe Tabbi, John Tolva, Michael Uebel, and Susan Warshauer.The co-editors of the William Blake Archive -- Morris Eaves, Bob Essick, and Joe Viscomi -- must be thanked separately. To them I owe an experience that has been as vital as the dissertation itself for my professional development; each, moreover, has offered his unqualified support for my own writing and work throughout my tenure with the Archive.
Peter Baker, Alan Howard, Michael Levenson, Eric Lott, and Debbie McDowell in the English department at Virginia have all been consistently helpful and supportive, and I thank them for that. My thanks also to Ed Ayers in the History department for his interest in my work.
Finally, the dissertation (and my work in general) owes much to the remarkable community on the third floor of Alderman Library that is composed of the Electronic Text Center and the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities: I would like to thank all persons associated with those places -- past and present -- and especially: Dot Akinola, Dan Ancona, Rob Bingler, Gina Corell, David Cosca, David Gants, Chris Jessee, Paul Jones, Worthy Martin, Sue Munson, Daniel Pitti, Steve Ramsay, David Seaman, Amy Sexton, Joy Shifflette, Catherine Tousignant, and Sarah Wells.