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Early Modern Studies: Research Preparation

Module code: ESH7028

Credits: 30.0
Semester: SEM2

  • Semester 2: Monday 10 am -12 pm

Contact: Dr Kirsty Rolfe
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

"This module will extend the work undertaken both on the Core Course in semester 1 and the Archival Skills course. You will read a broad range of texts within their original historical and material contexts, and consider the way that the study of manuscripts and early printed books has changed in the digital age. Often the fields of `material culture¿ and `digital humanities¿ are figured as a binary opposition. This course seeks to show that analogue and digital analysis are part of a critical continuum. Weeks 1-8 are organised thematically to consider the practical skills and the critical frameworks we need to discuss the entities of the manuscript, the printed book, the scribe, the printer, the editor, and the letter. Later in the semester we will consider the textual life of a single year ¿ 1557 ¿ in order to unpack ideas about critical merit and literary worth. The weekly topics are designed to encourage a degree of self-reflexivity: when looking at the editor, for example, we will be examining both early modern editors and modern scholarly editorial projects (both analogue and digital) in order to consider how you might go about producing your own edition. In the final three weeks of the course we will guide you through your own portfolio project, designed to extend and develop your work on one of the topics covered earlier in the module."

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 7

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