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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
ENGL2041 Textual Healing: An Introduction to Scholarly Editing and Publishing
20 creditsClass Size: 14
Module manager: Dr Brett Greatley-Hirsch
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module is strongly recommended to students intending to select the Textual Editing option for their Final Year Project.Why does Doctor Faustus sign his pact with the Devil in blood rather than ink? Why are no two editions of Hamlet the same? This module will introduce you to the various editorial practices and publishing decisions – often rendered invisible – that shape readers’ experience of literature. Through seminar discussion and practical sessions in the Print Rooms and Special Collections, you will learn about the use of literary archives and the material construction of printed books and manuscripts to understand how processes of production, transmission, and mediation affect the meaning of texts. You will explore the methods of scholarly editing, both print and digital, and the theories that inform them, before putting these principles into practice by preparing a sample critical edition. You will engage and experiment with elements of visual communication and graphic design (e.g. typography and layout) using free, open source software packages (e.g. Scribus, GIMP, Inkscape) introduced in a series of practical Computer Lab sessions.
Objectives• To develop theoretically rigorous frameworks for understanding literature as the product of multiple intentions and material processes of composition, mediation, and transmission.
• To think critically about the roles of authors, editors, and publishers in the construction of meaning.
• To appreciate literary works in the context of visual communication and graphic design.
1. Familiarity with key concepts and methods in textual studies, scholarly editing, and analytical bibliography.
2. Experience working with primary materials in archives and special collections.
3. Proficiency in fundamental tasks of scholarly editing (e.g. transcription, collation, annotation and commentary) and publishing (e.g. document design, typography, and layout).
• Skills associated with analytical bibliography and scholarly editing (e.g. transcription, collation, annotation).
• Skills associated with visual communication (e.g. graphic design, document layout, typography).
• Skills associated with letterpress printing (e.g. composition, imposition, printing).
Teaching will be organised around the core theories and methods of scholarly editing necessary for you to prepare your own sample critical edition. Nine seminar sessions will explore different editorial conventions and theories of the text, and six practical sessions will involve working with archival materials, experimenting with document layout and design, and letterpress printing.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||185.00|
|Total Contact hours||15.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyReading, seminar preparation, editorial tasks (e.g. archival research, transcription, collation, annotation, commentary), publishing tasks (e.g. graphic design, typography, layout, material construction).
Opportunities for Formative Feedback• Portfolio:
o (1) 1 x review of existing critical edition (500 words)
o (2) 1 x short transcription exercise (~200 words)
o (3 1 x short collation exercise (~50 words)
o (4) 1 x poster design exercise (1 page)
• 1 x sample critical edition (2,000 words)
Formative feedback on Portfolio items will be given during seminars and workshops, allowing students to revise or develop the work further before final submission of the Portfolio.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Written Work||Sample Critical Edition of 2000 Words||45.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
The components of the Portfolio are weighted as follows: • 1 x review of existing critical edition (500 words) – 10% • 1 x short transcription exercise (~200 words) – 15% • 1 x short collation exercise (~50 words) – 15% • 1 x poster design exercise (1 page) – 15%
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 30/04/2019
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