ASECS 2012; San Antonio, TX; "Marginalia and E-Readers?: The Extra-Textual Study of 18th-Century Literature Then and Now"
I am chairing the following panel at the next American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, which will occur on March 22-25, 2012, in San Antonio, TX. Please read the CFP below and submit an abstract if you would like to give a paper related to the topic:
Sam Anderson's recent _New York Times_ online article about digital readers and the possibility of "e-marginalia" argues that "digital technology, rather than destroying the tradition of marginalia, could actually help us return it to its gloriously social 18th-century roots." Anderson's timely piece, directed at the many readers who now privilege the purchase of an e-book over a print text, insists that this technology does not mean that we are approaching the end of marginalia. The purpose of this panel is to extend the conversation about marginalia related to 18th-century books. Papers that address readers annotating texts in the 18th century, or by later readers of 18th-century texts, are welcome. Papers that concentrate on the productive nature of extra-textual elements of 18th-century texts are encouraged, as are papers that connect the study of 18th-century texts to the current boom in digital e-readers, such as Kindle or Nook.
Please submit abstracts of approximately 500 words to Misty Krueger at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 15, 2011.