Editing Marginalia & Footnotes
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.