SPONTANEOUS ACTS OF SCHOLARLY COMBUSTION

Recent and Forthcoming Titles

The Ballad of the Lone Medievalist

Forthcoming

Are you a Lone Medievalist? Working medievalists are often the only scholar of the Middle Ages in a department, a university, or a hundred-mile radius. While working to build a body of focused scholarly work, the ...

Vital Reenchantments

Forthcoming

Not all charms fly at the touch of cold philosophy. Vital Reenchantments examines so-called cold philosophy, or science, that does precisely the opposite — rather than mercilessly emptying out and unweaving, it operates as a philosophy ...

Tar for Mortar

Forthcoming

Tar for Mortar offers an in-depth exploration of one of literature’s greatest tricksters, Jorge Luis Borges. His short story “The Library of Babel” is a signature examplar of this playfulness, though not merely for the inverted world ...

Hephaestus Reloaded – Efesto Reloaded

Forthcoming

This bilingual (English/Italian) publication, whose five authors are from Greece, Italy, and the US, invokes as its first inspiration the myth of Hephaestus who embodied a twofold entity: both handicapped and technically capable. The myth ...

punctum books is an independent open-access publisher dedicated to radically creative modes of intellectual inquiry and writing across a whimsical para-humanities assemblage. We specialize in neo-traditional and non-conventional scholarly work that productively twists and/or ignores academic norms. We also take in strays. This is a space for the imp-orphans of your thought and pen, an ale-serving church for little vagabonds.

Testimonials

Democracy … is not an established reality, nor is it a mere ideal; it is rather a permanent struggle for democratization. Can open access be understood in similar terms: less as a homogeneous project striving to become a dominating model or force, and more as an ongoing critical struggle, or series of struggles? … Certainly, one of the advantages of conceptualizing open access as a process of struggle rather than as a model to be implemented would be that doing so would create more space for radically different, conflicting, even incommensurable positions within the larger movement, including those that are concerned with experimenting critically with the form of the book and the way our system of scholarly communication currently operates. … In fact if, as we have seen, one of the impulses behind open access is to make knowledge and research—and with it society—more open and democratic, it can be argued that the existence of … dissensus will help achieve this ambition.

Janneke Adema and Gary Hall, "The Political Nature of the Book"