CUNY Student Editions

High-quality, peer-reviewed, open-access digital editions of historical texts, designed for students.

A project at the Graduate Center, CUNY


A CUNY Student Edition is a high-quality peer-reviewed digital edition of a historical text offered to the public at no cost. CUNY Student Editions are designed to meet the needs of a diverse body of students and instructors with textual notes and an introduction. Some editions include additional background material, critical responses, and sources. Each CUNY Student Edition is edited by a community of scholar-students through an open peer-review process that makes editorial intervention easily discoverable.

Unlike a traditional critical edition which aims to create a “best text,” a CUNY Student Edition embraces the fluidity of texts and historical publishing practices. The two main goals of the series are to work towards diversifying the curriculum by giving wider access to formerly obscure, uncirculated, or variant texts and to provide instructors with easy-to-adopt, open-access editions of canonical texts.

CUNY Student Editions are published with Manifold, an open-source publishing platform allowing web-based reading and social annotation. CUNY Student Editions are also available for download as an open access EPUB file and from Github.

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Scholarly Editing

Bornstein, George, and Ralph G. Williams, editors. Palimpsest: Editorial Theory in the Humanities. Michigan UP, 1993.

Bowers, Fredson. “Some Principles for Scholarly Editions of Nineteenth-Century American Authors.” Studies in Bibliography, Vol. 17, 1964, pp. 223–28.

Bryant, John. The Fluid Text: A Theory of Revision and Editing for Book and Screen. Michigan UP, 2002.

Burnard, Lou, Katherine O’Brien O’Keeffe, and John Unsworth, editors. Electronic Textual Editing. MLA, 2006.

Finneran, Richard J., editors. The Literary Text in the Digital Age. Michigan UP, 1996. Editorial Theory and Lit. Criticism.

“Guidelines for Editors of Scholarly Editions”. MLA, 29 Jun. 2011.

McGann, Jerome J. "The Rationale of Hypertext." Radiant Textuality: Literature after the World Wide Web. Palgrave, 2001, pp. 53–74.

Robinson, Peter M. W. "The One Text and the Many Texts." Literary and Linguistic Computing, volume 15, issue 1 (2000), pp. 5–14.

Shillingsburg, Peter L. From Gutenberg to Google: Electronic Representations of Literary Texts. Cambridge UP, 2006.

Shillingsburg, Peter L. Scholarly Editing in the Computer Age: Theory and Practice. Michigan UP, 1996.

Open Access

Bailey, Charles, W., Jr. “Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals.” Digital Scholarship, 2012.

Bailey, Charles, W., Jr. “What is Open Access?” Digital Scholarship, 2006.

“Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing.” Dr. Peter Suber, Earlham College, 20 Jun. 2003.

“Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities.” Open Access: Max-Plank-Gesellschaft, 22 Oct. 2003.

Hall, Gary. Digitiaze This Book!: The Politics of New Media, or Why We Need Open Access Now. Minnesota UP, 2008.

“. . . access that is digital, online, and free of charge to those able to connect to the Internet, without having to pay subscriptions either to publish or to [pay per] view, in its purest form, anyway. This in turn means free to upload to and download from, read, print, reproduce and distribute copies, and also free of most licensing and copyright restrictions” (3).

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