IPEd Conference 2021: Editing on the Edges

Jocelyn Hargrave

Jocelyn Hargrave

Jocelyn Hargrave teaches writing, editing and publishing at the University of Melbourne and Monash University, Australia. She is the author of The Evolution of Editorial Style in Early Modern England (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), the forthcoming Pedagogy and Editorial Practice (CUP, 2021), and of numerous articles published in international scholarly journals such as Script & Print, Publishing Research Quarterly, Journal of Scholarly Publishing and Media History. She holds the position of Secretary for the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand and has worked in the educational publishing industry for twenty-four years, twenty-two as an editor.

Header to footer, verso to recto, cover to cover — editing within and outside the margins

Editors’ work involves many ‘edges’. The nature of these edges is most often determined by margins, both inside and outside of them. Editors not just edit line by line, not just correct a page from header to footer, not just appraise a double-page spread from verso to recto, and not just finalise a book from cover to cover — editors’ frame of reference is, by necessity, broader than the word on a page. An author’s words combine with others to provide meaning. 

Traditionally, proof-correction symbols used to mark up corrections, either interlineally or in margins, represent the communication channel, or metalanguage, necessary for all stakeholders — authors, editors, designers and typesetters, to name a few — to share the same working space. This metalanguage is a vital contributor to the journey an author’s manuscript travels to print — or digital. Drawing on French literary theorist Gérard Genette, namely 'Palimpsests: Literature in the Second Degree' (1982) and 'Paratexts: Thresholds of interpretation' (1997), this paper intends to offer a new perspective to consider these edges, both conceptually and technically.
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Online, 28 to 30 June 2021
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