In a changing digital landscape, we must consider how our scholarly editing practices need to change–both structurally and theoretically–to adjust to digital composition and circulation, online workflows, digital design concerns, and how to contextualize materials in new media, amongst other concerns. All of this falls into the realm of “digital editing,” a term that encompasses elements of textual editing but goes beyond this static understanding to consider what other considerations, labors, and conceptual questions might fall under the category of “editing.”

As digital scholarly editions–or editions of texts that are edited by scholars but exist within a digital medium in some way–become more prevalent, the questions of what falls under the parameter of “digital editing” and how we responsibly do it become more pressing. This bibliography provides resources for parsing such terms as “scholarly digital edition,” “digital editing,” and “scholarly editing.” It also includes some sources that give a general outline of editorship studies and that flesh out more theoretical concerns related to digital editing. Of particular interest to the Hub’s bibliography on this topic is the intersecting relationships between feminist practice, content, and technical specifications. This bibliography seeks to address the cross-section of these topics by promoting scholarship on digital and scholarly editing that has an awareness of the ways the design and implementation of technology can exclude and objectify people.

Argersinger, Jana, and Michael Cornett. “Everyone’s Argus: The Journal Editor in the Academy.” Profession, no. 1, 2009, pp. 105–11.
Banks, Adam. Digital Griots : African American Rhetoric in a Multimedia Age. Southern Illinois University Press, 2011.
Barratt, Alexandra. “Feminist Editing: Cooking The.” AUMLA (Journal of the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association), no. 79, 1993, pp. 45–57.
Blackwood, Sarah. “Editing as Carework: The Gendered Labors of Public Intellectuals.” Avidly: Los Angeles Review of Books, 6 June 2014,
Blair, Kristine, et al. “The Electronic Landscape of Journal Editing: ‘Computers and Composition’ as a Scholarly Collective.” Profession, vol. 1, 2009, pp. 160–67.
Blewett, Kelly, et al. “Editing as Inclusion Activism.” College English, vol. 81, no. 4, 2019, pp. 273–96.
Bornstein, George, and Ralph Williams, editors. Palimpsest: Editorial Theory in the Humanities. University of Michigan Press, 1993.
Bryant, John. “Rewriting Moby-Dick: Politics, Textual Identity, and the Revision Narrative.” PMLA, vol. 125, no. 4, 2010, pp. 1043–60.
“Anti-Racist Scholarly Reviewing Practices: A Heuristic for Editors, Reviewers, and Authors.” Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric & Composition, 2021,
Folsom, Ed. “Database as Genre: The Epic Transformation of Archives.” PMLA, no. 122, 2007, pp. 1571-1579.
Hartman, Saidiya. Wayward  Lives,  Beautiful  Experiments:  Intimate  Histories  of  Riotous  Black  Girls,  Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals. Norton, 2020.
Ianetta, Melissa. “Dull Duty and Discretionary Power: Looking for the Editor in Writing Studies.” College English, vol. 77, no. 2, Nov. 2014, pp. 157–64.
Jewell, Andrew, and Amanda Gailey. Re-Envisioning Scholarly Editing. YouTube Video, 2001,
Lemish, Dafna. “Feminist Editing of a Mainstream Journal: Reckoning with Process and Content Related Challenges.” Reflections on Feminist Communication and Media Scholarship: Theory, Method, Impact, edited by Stine Eckert and Ingrid Bachmann, Routledge, 2021.
MacNeil, Heather. “Picking Our Text: Archival Description, Authenticity, and the Archivist as Editor.” The American Archivist, no. 68, Fall/Winter 2005, pp. 264–78.
Maguire, Laurie. “Feminist Editing and the Body of the Text.” A Feminist Companion to Shakespeare, edited by Dympna Callaghan, John Wiley & Sons, 2016.
McDonald, Lisa. “Digital Editing as Cultural Practice.” Emergences: Journal for the Study of Media & Composite Cultures, vol. 12, no. 2, 2002, pp. 235–53.
McGann, Jerome. The Textual Condition. Princeton University Press, 1991.
McGann, Jerome, and Dino Buzzetti. “Critical Editing in a Digital Horizon.” Electronic Textual Editing, edited by Lou Burnard et al., MLA, 2006, pp. 51–71.
Mott, Carrie, and Daniel Cockayne. “Citation Matters: Mobilizing the Politics of Citation toward a Practice of ‘Conscientious Engagement.’” Gender, Place & Culture, vol. 24, no. 7, 2017, pp. 954–73.
Popham, Susan. “Teaching Editing Through a Feminist Theoretical Lens.” Editing in the Modern Classroom, Routledge, 2019, pp. 91–108.
Price, Kenneth. “Edition, Project, Database, Archive, Thematic Research Collection: What’s in a Name?” DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly, vol. 3, no. 3, 2009.
Price, Kenneth. “Electronic Scholarly Editions.” A Companion to Digital Literary Studies, edited by Ray Siemens and Susan Schreibman, Blackwell Publishing, 2007, pp. 434–50.
Salter, Sarah, and Jim Casey. “With, Without, Even Still: Frederick Douglass, L’Union, and Editorship Studies.” American Literature, vol. 94, no. 2, 2022, pp. 245–72.
Smith, Martha Nell. “Electronic Scholarly Editing.” A Companion to Digital Humanities, edited by Susan Schreibman et al., Blackwell Publishing, 2004, pp. 306–22.
Williams, Bianca. “Black Feminist Citational Praxis and Disciplinary Belonging.” Cultural Anthropology, vol. 37, no. 2, 2022, pp. 199–205.
Woidat, Caroline. “Teaching the Politics and Practice of Textual Recovery with DIY Critical Editions.” Teaching with Digital Humanities: Tools and Methods for Nineteenth-Century American Literature, edited by Jessica Travis and Jessica DeSpain, University of Illinois Press, 2018.