Welcome to the contributors' page!
Thank you for wishing to contribute to The Cantos Project. The aim of this online resource is to develop our understanding and appreciation of the individual cantos in and for themselves as well as in relation to one another, to their historical context and to Pound’s life. The scholarly wager is that by providing annotation, essays focused on individual cantos and recorded readings, we will be in a better position to grasp the nature of Pound’s aesthetic and intellectual effort and bridge the gaps we still have in our understanding and evaluation of the whole poem.
Due to copyright restrictions, there will be six cantos "live," i.e. open for annotation at all times. On the whole, each canto will be live for six months, after that, it will be "unpublished," that is, hidden from view to make place for the next. The annotation will also appear in the digital companion, which will grow as the annotation work proceeds and will be used for stable cross-reference. Every month then, one canto will disappear to make place for another one. We start by publishing the Three Cantos (also called Ur-cantos) and Cantos 1-3. After Canto III is annotated, Three Cantos I will be unpublished to make space for Canto IV, Three Cantos II will make place for Canto V and so on. In this way, we'll ensure that the website is active and dynamic: cantos will be published and unpublished serially, as the work progresses.
The news ticker on the homepage will let visitors know about the current stage of the work. By annotating and publishing in small steps, we can use work already done as we go along and actively prepare for what is around the corner.
From the start, the website includes comprehensive bibliographies for every section of The Cantos, so it can be used for research and reference.
Here is a number of guidelines for your submission
The Cantos Project will use the MLA 7 style guide both for new essays and annotation material.
Access to the materials on the site is free and open to everyone. However, if you'd like to contribute, please register and contact Roxana Preda through the contact tab in the main menu to discuss options.
If contributing to the annotation, the priority is to work within the parameters of relevance to the poem. Our aim is always the understanding and enjoyment of The Cantos and that very twist of Pound’s particular interpretation of the allusions and materials he uses.
Extended glosses can take the form of an article. After registering and talking to the editor, you will be able to see the "Create article" menu link under "Contribute." This will open a text editor where you can write directly, or copy an already written material from Word or another program. Please indicate the word or phrase in The Cantos that you'd like your article to link to. Glosses have to be referenced: please add your in-text reference and then the full source of your information in the list of works cited at the bottom of the annotation article.
The text that you write will be moderated. Please allow a time interval between submission and publication on the site. When you add content, your name and initials will be included in a list of contributors. This list will appear in the online companion and in the list of contributors on the site.
It will be assumed that scholars wishing to have their texts available on the site will help the editors by taking care of copyright permissions for their work.
If the essay is already published, we will need the copyright data in the heading of the pdf.
We will be happy to publish reviews of new books in Cantos studies. The guidelines for referencing are the same as in the case of essays and annotation.
If you'd like to submit original material, please provide a name for each illustration. Further, provide us with the following information: file extension (jpeg., tiff., bmp, etc.), author’s name, date of creation. The copyright will be under the Creative Commons license.