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University of Glasgow: Scottish Book History and Textual Editing

Institution University of Glasgow View institution profile
Department Online View department profile
Web https://www.gla.ac.uk/study/online/
Study type Taught

Summary

This Postgraduate Certificate focuses on the history of the book in Scotland and the theories surrounding Scottish book history and textual editing. Participants will complete a series of case studies designed to develop skills in comprehending the materiality of the book, the history of book production in Scotland and in textual editing practice, spanning Scottish literature from the work of medieval poets to twenty-first-century Scottish authors.

This innovative new Postgraduate Certificate is taken online, allowing maximum flexibility with your studies

The programme combines theoretical and practice-based learning, giving participants a unique set of skills

This innovative new Postgraduate Certificate is taken online, allowing maximum flexibility with your studies The programme combines theoretical and practice-based learning, giving participants a unique set of skills * It has been developed by a group of specialists in Scottish textual editing and book history. * Its contributors are directly involved in major textual editing projects, including new editions of the works of Robert Burns and Allan Ramsay, among others. * The PG Certificate offers additional and distinctive training specialisms for Arts graduates, heritage professionals and archivists. * Its host subject area, Scottish Literature, is a pioneering and award-winning centre for online and blended learning. * The programme offers an introduction to postgraduate study for those considering undertaking an MLitt, MPhil or PhD.

Over one year, you will take:

  • three core coursesthis programme is delivered part-time online via distance learning.
  • this programme was designed to give you maximum flexibility and control over your studies.
  • in order to get the most out of the programme we suggest that you set aside 2 hours per week to focus on your course work (one hour in online seminar, and one hour of asynchronous engagement with online materials).

Semester 1: September to December

  • Scottish Book History
  • Textual Editing in Scotland

Semester 2: January to March

  • Textualities

Learning and teaching

This Postgraduate Certificate offers an introduction to Scottish book history and textual editing via theoretical analysis and practical skills development.

The study of book materiality is enabled in this online programme through the use of live imaging with Glasgow University Library’s EYE-14 technology.

Book history will be studied through the long context of material and technological development and change, from manuscript culture through print to the digital age.

Historical and contemporary approaches to textual editing will likewise be considered across a long and changing theoretical and practical terrain, with case studies ranging from medieval manuscripts to contemporary fiction, spanning the work of the medieval makars (poets) Robert Henryson and William Dunbar, Allan Ramsay, Robert Burns and Muriel Spark, among many others.

The programme aims to:

  • Enable advanced critical understanding of the development of the book in Scotland
  • Provide training in bibliographical research, book history and textual editing via practical examples and case studies
  • Engender critical readings of textuality from the medieval period until the present day
  • Develop advanced critical skills in the framework of textual editing theory

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of this programme, students will be able to:

  • Examine critically the major theoretical principles in textual editing.
  • Evaluate critically the most important developments in Scottish book history.
  • Discuss analytically the theoretical issues surrounding material practice in textual editing and Scottish book history.

Skills and other attributes

Subject-specific/practical skills

By the end of this programme, students will be able to:

  • Formulate an appropriate methodology for producing their own examples of textual editing.
  • Apply bibliographical and editing tools to solve problems in textual editing and book history.
  • Evaluate critically the role of historical, cultural and material contexts in the analysis of Scottish books, editions and texts.
  • Develop and articulate detailed and well-supported arguments relating to the production of books and editions for scholarly and commercial markets.

Intellectual skills

By the end of this programme, students will be able to:

  • Apply critical analysis to primary and secondary sources in the understanding of Scottish books, editions and texts.
  • Identify and evaluate critically the rationale behind different approaches to editing.
  • Employ appropriate evidence and theoretical approaches to produce individual analyses of case studies in Scottish book history and textual editing.

Transferable/key skills

By the end of this programme, students will be able to:

  • Provide original and creative responses to problems in material culture.
  • Compose well-researched and targeted academic-style essays and case studies.
  • Communicate to an advanced level complex theoretical approaches and their practical application.

This PG Certificate offers practical training in book history and textual editing unavailable elsewhere.

It would, therefore, be highly valuable to anyone considering a career in academia, research, publishing, archival work, heritage and culture, as well as to those planning to undertake postgraduate research in Scottish literature and/or book history.

It also offers additional skills-based tuition and continuing professional development for archival, heritage and library professionals.

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