Best Commentaries of 2011-12

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[compiled by the editorial board]

Dante Alighieri. Divine Comedy. 3 vols. Trans. Robert M. Durling. Notes by Ronald L. Martinez and Robert M. Durling. Oxford, 1997-2011.

Rodney Ascher. Room 237. IFC Films, 2012.

Selected Philosophical Poems of Tommaso Campanella: A Bilingual Edition. Ed. and trans. Sherry Roush. University of Chicago Press, 2011.

Tommaso Campanella. Selected Philosophical Poems. Edited, translated, and annotated by Sherry Roush. Fabrizio Serra, 2011.

The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson. Eds. David Bevington, Martin Butler, and Ian Donaldson. 7 volumes. Cambridge, 2012.

Dark Chaucer. Eds. Nicola Masciandaro, Eileen Joy, and Myra Seaman. punctum, 2012.

Quentin Meillassoux. The Number and the Siren. Trans. Robin Mackay. Urbanomic, 2012.

On the Ecclesiastical Hierarchy: The Thirteenth-Century Paris Textbook Edition. Trans. L. M. Harrington. Peeters, 2011.

Stephen Barney, Andrew Galloway, et al. The Penn Commentary on Piers Plowman. 5 volumes. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006-present. [Volume 1 and Volume 5 completed].

J.H. Prynne. George Herbert, ‘Love [III]’: A Discursive Commentary. 2011.

Reading Derrida’s Of Grammatology. Eds.  Sean Gaston, Ian Maclachlan. Continuum, 2011.

Steven Shaviro, “Melancholia, or, The Romantic Anti-Sublime,” Sequence 1.1 (2012)

Mabja Jangchub Tsondru. Ornament of Reason: The Great Commentary to Nagarjuna’s Root of the Middle Way. Trans. Dharmachakra Translation Committee. Shambala, 2011.


Elevating the Footnote: Glossator 9 CFP

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Kepler vita notes

Glossator: Practice and Theory of the Commentary

Volume 9 (Fall 2013) – Open-Topic


For the Fall 2013 issue, the editors invite submissions on any topic. See the About section for general submission guidelines.

Deadline: 1 May 2013.

 For this issue, we are above all interested in publishing commentaries that use footnotes or other similar methods of annotation for the purpose of commentary. Suggested primary and secondary reading: Johannes Kepler, Kepler’s Somnium: The Dream, or Posthumous Work of Lunar Astronomy, trans. with commentary by Edward Rosen (Madison: University of Wisconsin, 1967);  Anthony Grafton, The Footnote: A Curious History (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999); Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire (1962); Evelyn Byrd Tribble, “‘Like a Looking-Glas in the Frame’: From the Marginal Note to the Footnote” in The Margins of the Text, ed. David Greetham (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1997), 229-44; Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1788-9); Chuck Zerby, The Devil’s Details: A History of Footnotes (New York: Touchstone, 2002); Jacques Derrida, “This Is Not An Oral Footnote,” in Annotation and Its Texts, ed. Stephen A. Barney (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991), 192-205; Jonathan Swift, A Tale of A Tub, 5th edition (1710).

A Bibliographic Commentary on Tom Raworth’s Matrix Press (1961-1964)

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Anselm Hollo, History, (London: Matrix Press, 1963)

At Book Tryst, Alastair Johnston gives an extensive commentarial checklist of the British poet Tom Raworth’s early 1960’s venture in small press publishing, Matrix Press, later followed by Raworth’s excellent Goliard Press, which is the subject of Johnston’s second episode in Tom Raworth’s Printing Bibliography.