Derrida’s Margins

A project of The Center for Digital Humanities at Princeton, it aims to present Derrida’s own notes, etc., in references found in his works, starting from Of Grammatology. Here is the description of the endeavor:

Our online research tool will enable scholars to study the development of [Derrida’s] philosophy in an unprecedented way by providing comprehensive digital access to the annotations, marginalia, bookmarks, tipped-in pages, and notes from Derrida’s library that correspond to the roughly one thousand citations found in the pages Of Grammatology. We begin by identifying all quotations and references in Of Grammatology; we then locate these references in Derrida’s personal copies of each work, transcribing all relevant marginal annotations and other markings. Digital images and transcriptions of these annotated pages will form the basis of the website, allowing users to track and search Derrida’s reading practices. This corpus will also serve as a pilot data set for future work with an expanded corpus, allowing us to establish protocols, workflow, and a relational database model.

This is, to say the least, quite an undertaking.