Editing Marginalia & Footnotes

deadline for submissions: 
March 20, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Association for Documentary Editing
contact email: 

Association for Documentary Editing’s Call for Papers

Modern Language Association Meeting

7-10 January 2021

Toronto, Ontario, Canada



Marginalia and footnotes are their own genres, but most editors concentrate on the main body of a text. Yet material outside that text body, whether as marginalia or footnotes, can have great bearing on the meaning of the main document.


Marginalia and footnotes raise a number of questions:


* What is the function of such material?


* Who made the marks, and when, where, and why?


* As editors, what do we do with them?


* Historically, how have copyists and editors treated these sometimes-troublesome forms of text?


* When should handwritten or printed marginalia and footnotes in a document be incorporated in a new scholarly edition, and


* How should it be done?


* Should we even bother?


For a guaranteed session at the Toronto MLA, the Association for Documentary Editing invites your 300-word abstract, half-page CV, and contact information to Carol DeBoer-Langworthy, CDBL@Brown.edu.Queries to same address. Deadline: 20 March 2020.