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Date: Fri, 16 May 2008 06:53:59 +0100
From: "Humanist Discussion Group \(by way of Willard McCarty              <>\)" <willard-AT-LISTS.VILLAGE.VIRGINIA.EDU>
Subject: 22.022 new online journal: Glossator: Practice and Theory of the Commentary
To: <humanist-AT-Princeton.EDU>

                Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 22.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to:

         Date: Thu, 15 May 2008 22:34:48 +0100
         From: "Nicola Masciandaro" <>
         Subject: new journal: Glossator

Glossator: Practice and Theory of the Commentary

Glossator publishes original commentaries, editions and translations 
of commentaries, and essays and articles relating to the theory and 
history of commentary, glossing, and marginalia. The journal aims to 
encourage the practice of commentary as a creative form of 
intellectual work and to provide a forum for dialogue and reflection 
on the past, present, and future of this ancient genre of writing. By 
aligning itself, not with any particular discipline, but with a 
particular mode of production, Glossator gives expression to the fact 
that praxis founds theory.


The Editors invite submissions for the first volume of Glossator, to 
be published in 2009.

Glossator welcomes work from all disciplines, but especially from 
fields with strong affiliations with the commentary genre: 
philosophy, literary theory and criticism, textual and manuscript 
studies, hermeneutics, exegesis, et al.

What is commentary? While the distinction between commentary and 
other forms of writing is not an absolute one, the following may 
serve as guidelines for distinguishing between what is and is not a 
commentary: -- A commentary focuses on a single object (text, image, 
event, etc.) or portion thereof. -- A commentary does not displace 
but rather shapes itself to and preserves the integrity, structure, 
and presence of its object. -- The relationship of a commentary to 
its object may be described as both parallel and perpendicular. 
Commentary is parallel to its object in that it moves with or runs 
alongside it, following the flow of reading it. Commentary is 
perpendicular to its object in that it pauses or breaks from reading 
it in order to comment on it. The combination of these dimensions 
gives commentary a structure of continuing discontinuity, which 
allows it to be consulted or read intermittently rather than start to 
finish. -- Commentary tends to maintain a certain quantitative 
proportion of itself vis-a-vis its object. This tendency corresponds 
to the practice of "filling up the margins" of a text. -- Commentary, 
as a form of discourse, tends to favor and allow for the 
multiplication of meanings, ideas, and references. Commentary need 
not, and generally does not, have an explicit thesis or argument. 
This tendency gives commentary a ludic or auto-teleological potential.

Possible submissions include: critical, philological, and/or 
bibliographic commentaries on texts, art, music, events, and other 
kinds of objects. Editions and translations of commentaries, glosses, 
annotation, and marginalia. Historical, theoretical, and/or critical 
articles and essays on commentary and commentary traditions. 
Experimental and/or fictional commentaries.

Submission Deadline: October 31, 2008

Questions, queries may be directed to Nicola Masciandaro:


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