↬ Critical Editions and the Promise of the Digital: The Development and Limitations of Markup

My thesis paper illustrates the gap between aspirations for what the digital critical edition could be and what it is in the second decade of the twenty-first century. It maintains that critical editorial praxis online is still very much belonging to the print paradigm. Specifically, the paper examines the inadequacy of semantic markup languages (which have their origin in print-based technologies) in achieving the goal of the fully realized digital critical edition.

↬ An Examination of the First Edition of Don DeLillo's The Angel Esmeralda

This paper explores the textual history of Don DeLillo's short story collection The Angel Esmeralda (Scribner, 2011) and the editorial principles underlying its development before proposing a critical edition of DeLillo's short stories.

Digital Critical Editions: Early Prospects and Current Realities

This paper provides an overview of traditional editorial theory in order to highlight the inadequacy of printed critical editions to represent transparently the diachronic character of the works they present to the reader. It explores the ways the digital environment can facilitate the creation of better digital editions and singles out the Digital Thoreau project as a promising example that might point the way forward for future digital critical editions.

↬  The Role of the Editor and the Ideal Text

What is the editor's role in relation to the author and the text, and what makes the "ideal" text? A comparison of Thomas Tanselle's, Hans Zeller's, Morse Peckham's, and Peter Shillingsburg's positions.

Scholarly Publishing and Its Discontents

This paper examines the struggle between university libraries (and the academic community at large) and commercial publishers of scholarly journals.