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Textual Editing


Admission requirements

Course open to BDMS students (and BDMS exchange students) only. All others should contact the course lecturer.


This course provides an introduction into the ways in which historical and literary documents can be presented to the reader. Students are made familiar with theoretical and practical aspects of the work of the (scholarly) editor in a hands-on approach.

Course objectives

  1. Understanding of the elementary principles of textual edition.
    1. The ability to independently produce a modern text edition of a published or unpublished document.

Time table

Timetable on the website

Mode of instruction

Combination of lectures and hands-on meeetings, supported by background reading.

Course load

The course load of this course is 140 hours.

  • lectures and meetings: 26

  • reading background literature: 44

  • producing a text edition: 70.

Assessment method

Preparing a text edition (80%); group discussion and oral presentation (20%).
To complete the final mark, please take notice of the following:
1) the final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average;
2) the final grade for the course is established by (i) determination of the weighted average combined with (ii) additional requirements. These additional requirements generally relate to one or more of the subtests which always have to be sufficient.

In the case of a fail you are entitled to prepare a new or adjust the existing text edition.


Blackboard will be used to provide students with an overview of current affairs, as well as specific information about (components of) the course.

Reading list

Greetham, D.C., Textual scholarship: An introduction (London/New York, 1992).


Enrollment through uSis is mandatory. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, tel. 071 5272144 or mail:

Registration Studeren à la carte en Contractonderwijs

Not applicable

Contact details

Media Studies student administration, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144;

Coordinator of studies: Mr. J. Donkers, MA, P.N. van Eyckhof 3, room 1.01b.