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Annotating the Everyday in a Modernist Scholarly Edition

Thomson, Tara



This article interrogates current approaches to the annotation of scholarly editions in order to reframe annotation practice within an emerging ‘new modernist editing’. Using the Broadview edition of Dorothy Richardson’s The Tunnel as a case study to reflect on the particular challenges of annotating a modernist text for a particular audience, I explore the problems that emerge from the explanation/interpretation dichotomy that commonly frames annotation practice. While this paper does not devise a prescriptive method for scholarly annotation, its aim instead is to refine our conceptions of the purpose and nature of explanatory notes, by putting them into conversation with contemporary literary theory, and particularly recent approaches to modernism situated in the post-critical turn.


Thomson, T. (2020). Annotating the Everyday in a Modernist Scholarly Edition. Modernist Cultures, 15(1), 92-109.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 7, 2019
Publication Date 2020-02
Deposit Date May 28, 2019
Publicly Available Date May 30, 2019
Journal Modernist Cultures
Print ISSN 2041-1022
Electronic ISSN 1753-8629
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Issue 1
Pages 92-109
Keywords annotation, post-critique, modernism, Dorothy Richardson, Rita Felski
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