Marginalia

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We underline (particularly if we are students or harried book-reviewers). Sometimes we scribble a note in the margin. But how few of us write marginalia in Erasmus's or Coleridge's sense, how few of us annotate with copious rigor. - George Steiner, The Uncommon Reader

Marginalia is the act of writing in margins.

Le Souffleur by Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin, 1734

A Definition

The Early Literate Elite

Forms of Marginalia

Emendation

Scholia

Reader's Signs

Annotation

Footnotes & Citation

Paper Production

Benjamin? Palimpsest Scarcity techniques

Mediatic Etymological Approach

What Is It About Books?

Marginalia as an Archaeology of Ideas

documenting ideas through changing technologies

The Contemplation of Death

Future