Reading Notes


Volume Editors: Dirk Van Hulle and Wim van Mierlo
Reading notes constitute a vast resource for an understanding of literary history and culture. They indicate what writers read as well as how they read and what they used in their own work. As such, they play an important role in both the reception and the production of texts. The essays in this volume, representing the newest trends in European and international textual scholarship, examine literary creation and the relationship between reading and writing. To study how readers respond to writing and how reading engenders new writing, the contributing scholars no longer take for granted that authors write in splendid isolation, but turn to a more broadly sociological investigation of authorship, assigning new roles to the writer as reader, notetaker, annotator, book collector and so on.
Notes and annotations may be fragmentary, private, undigested and embryonic, but as witnesses to the reading process, they tell unique stories about writers and readers, ranging from great marginalists like Coleridge to women annotators of cookbooks. This subject of research is a junction of several fields of research and tries to bridge gaps between separate disciplines with a common ground, such as the history of the book, the history of reading, and the history of writing, scholarly editing, and textual genetics (the analysis, commentary and critical interpretation of the way in which works of art come into being), bridging the gap between literary and textual criticism.

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Dirk VAN HULLE and Wim VAN MIERLO: Reading Notes: Introduction
Daniel FERRER: Towards a Marginalist Economy of Textual Genesis
M.J. DRISCOLL: Postcards from the edge: an overview of marginalia in Icelandic manuscripts
Carmen PERAITA: Marginalizing Quevedo: Reading Notes and the Humanistic Persona
Stephen COLCLOUGH: “R R, A Remarkable Thing or Action”: John Dawson (1692-1765) as Reader and Annotator
J.C.C. MAYS: Coleridge’s Marginalia within the Category Reading Notes
Greta GOLICK: “one quart milk, five eggs I should say”: Marginalia in Anglo-Canadian Cookbooks
H.T.M. van VLIET: Whispering Voices in the Literary World of J.H. Leopold (1865-1925)
Wim VAN MIERLO: Reading W.B. Yeats: The Marginalia of T. Sturge Moore
Bodo PLACHTA: Franz Kafka Reads the Letters of Vincent van Gogh
Davide GIURIATO: Folded Manuscripts: Walter Benjamin’s Marginal Writing
Axel GELLHAUS: Marginalia: Paul Celan as Reader
Herbert WÄCKERLIN: A Manuscript Collector’s ‘Commonplace Books’: Árni Magnússon (1663-1730) and the Transmission of Conscious Fragmentation
Maximiliaan van WOUDENBERG: Coleridge’s Göttingen Reading Notes: The Intertextual Research of the Projected Life of Lessing in 1799
Peter SHILLINGSBURG: Private Reading, Public Writing: W.M. Thackeray, Mrs. Grundy, and the Market
Martha Nell SMITH: Emily Scissorhands: Reading Dickinson Reading
Rüdiger NUTT-KOFOTH: Author’s Reading – Author’s Literary Production: Some Reflections on the Editing of Reading Notes in German Critical Editions
Geert LERNOUT: James Joyce: the odious and still today insufficiently malestimated notesnatcher (FW 125.21-2)
Dirk VAN HULLE: Note on Next to Nothing: Ellipses in Samuel Beckett’s Reading Notes