Hat tip to Eileen Joy:
“This word is set down so that you may understand that this whole time [totum saeculum], which to us seems so long while it is rolling along, is really a moment [punctum]” (Augustine, Ennarations on the Psalms)
“This time it is not I who seek it out . . . it is the element which rises from the scene, shoots out of it like an arrow, and pierces me. A Latin word exists to designate this wound, this prick, this mark made by a pointed instrument . . . This element which will disturb the studium I . . . call punctum; for punctum is also: sting, speck, cut, little hole—and also a cast of the dice” (Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida)
The BABEL Working Group is excited to announce the launching of Punctum Books, a new open-access and print-on-demand book series, directed by Eileen Joy (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville) and Nicola Masciandaro (Brooklyn College, CUNY), that aims to promote radically creative modes of writing and inquiry across a whimsical para-humanities-assemblage. Spontaneous acts of scholarly combustion are encouraged. Vision statement, editorial board, forthcoming titles, and website currently under construction. Stay tuned.
This series would be especially great for those doing hybrid work that combines literature and theory. Hmmm, (scratches chin), I’ve been toying with the idea of having a try at writing science fiction…