Re: [Synoptic-L] Venting My Spleen On Writing
- I would agree that endnotes are obnoxious, whether at the
end of the book or at the end of the chapter, though the
latter kind is slightly less obnoxious. Footnotes are
better, because it is more difficult to lose one's place
in the main text.
Interestingly, my recommendations are almost 100% the
opposite of Mr. Jackson's.
To me, a well written scholarly text should aid the
reader in signaling what can be ignored. Thus the
document should have a streamlined main text, so that
the main argument can quickly and easily be followed,
but with parenthetical remarks, support, digressions,
and refutation of minor objections to be handled in
For the referencing purpose that footnotes are commonly
used for, I would prefer inline parenthetical citations
in author-date format. One example is Kloppenborg Verbin's
EXCAVATING Q. Use of the inline patenthetical citation
style reduces the need for footnoting, leaving the footnotes
for the really interesting material, and one quickly learns
to skip over the inline cites.
Cambridge University Press uses block-indented notes for
some purposes. I'm not sure how I like them yet.
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