Masters courses
in the History of the Book
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MA in Book History and Publishing Culture (Oxford Brookes University)
Course Director: Caroline Davis (cdavis@brookes.ac.uk)
Programme description: The MA in Book History and Publishing Culture is an exciting new programme aimed at anyone interested in the history of the book and the publishing industry. From the introduction of the paperback to the advent of the ebook, the programme themes include authorship, textual production, and dissemination in the period from 1870 to the present day. Taught by specialists in the field, it draws on theories of print culture and book history to identify the ideological challenges to the culture of publishing and the ways in which contemporary practice has been shaped by social, economic and technological developments. Based in the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, the programme is closely linked to the renowned MA in Publishing. Students also have the opportunity to take elective MA modules in English and History, enabling study of the links between publishing and these disciplines. The course can be taken on a one year full-time basis, or on a two year part-time basis, and it is available from September 2010. Further details: http://ah.brookes.ac.uk/publishing/ma_book_history/.



M.Litt. in Book History: 'The Book: History and Techniques of Analysis' (University of St Andrews)
Course Director: Dr Malcolm Walsby (mnw@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Programme description: The School of History and the Universal Short Title Catalogue Project are delighted to announce a new M.Litt. in book history at the University of St Andrews. This is intended as a postgraduate training course for student intending to proceed to advanced work in the history of early modern print culture, and for those interesting in exploring a career as a rare book specialist in libraries, antiquarian booksellers or auction houses. The course combines training in the history of the book with specialist instruction in bibliographical description and cataloguing of early printed books. Students will also be able to enrol for training courses in Latin, palaeography and modern European languages. Those enrolled on the course will also have access to the developing data files of the Universal Short Title Catalogue 15/16, an analytical database of all books published throughout Europe before 1601. The course runs for 12 months. It will be available to students from September 2009. Enquiries to the School of History, University of St Andrews (pghist@st-andrews.ac.uk), or to the course director, Dr Matthew McLean: mam5@st-andrews.ac.uk).



MA in Early Modern English Literature: Text & Transmission (King's College London)
Course convenor: Dr Sonia Massai (sonia.massai@kcl.ac.uk)
Course website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/schools/humanities/depts/english/pg/masters/textandtransmission.html
Programme description: This new MA programme marks the beginning of an innovative and exciting partnership between the Department of English at King’s and the British Library. It offers students the unique opportunity to study early modern literary texts not only in light of recent critical and literary approaches but also as material artefacts. The focus of this new MA course is on the transmission of key early modern literary texts. This makes it unlike any other programme of its kind. Transmission is understood both as the circulation of literary texts in manuscript and print and their reception. You will therefore study literary texts in their original editions and will learn about the contexts within which these texts were first produced, read or performed, as well as their legacy, with particular emphasis on the afterlife of Shakespeare. By focusing on transmission, this MA course will make you aware of the impact of the materiality of the text and of the material conditions of its (re)production on its interpretation. The specific process whereby a literary text reaches its readers or its audience is always central to its interpretation. The impact of publication is even more crucial during the early modern period, when the rise of print, the steady growth of a literary market and the advent of commercial playhouses did not displace but radically altered the structures of aristocratic patronage and coterie circulation associated with the production and reception of literary works at earlier times.
Deadline for applications: No set deadline, unless applying for AHRC funding.
Course fees: £3,700 for home students; £11,330 for overseas students (2008-9)



MA in the History of the Book (Institute of English Studies, University of London)
Course director: Professor Simon Eliot; Course tutor: Professor Michelle P Brown
Course website: hhttp://ies.sas.ac.uk/study/MAHOB/index.htm
Programme description: One-year full-time/two-year part-time taught postgraduate masters course. For programme details see http://ies.sas.ac.uk/study/MAHOB/structure.htm.
Deadline for applications: No set deadline.
Course fees: see http://ies.sas.ac.uk/study/MAHOB/Fees.htm



Material Cultures and the History of the Book (The University of Edinburgh)
Course convenor: Bill Bell (enquiries to kate.marshall@ed.ac.uk)
Course website: http://www.hss.ed.ac.uk/chb/postgraduatestudy.htm
Programme description: One-year taught postgraduate masters course. For programme details see http://www.hss.ed.ac.uk/chb/postgraduatestudy_ps.htm.
Deadline for applications: Early June in the preceding year preferred.
Course fees: see http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/finance/



MA in Text and Book (University of Birmingham)
Contact: Jenny Bowskill (j.bowskill@bham.ac.uk)
Course website: http://www.english.bham.ac.uk/PG/text-book.htm
Programme description: This well-established and highly-regarded programme introduces students to one of the most engaging and challenging areas of contemporary literary study. Text and Book examines the processes through which literary texts are produced, circulated, edited, and received by readers. It draws on an extensive range of scholarship in the areas of history of the book, bibliography, and textual and editorial theory. It is taught by a team of scholars from the Department of English at Birmingham who have published across a wide range of topics and periods: from medieval manuscripts to electronic lexicography, and from the early modern book trade in London and the provinces to the editing of Shakespeare, Pope and Wilde and the marketing of postcolonial fiction.
Course fees: see http://www.humanities.bham.ac.uk/pg/funding/fees.htm



MA(Res) in Typography and Graphic Communication (University of Reading)
Contact: Mary Dyson (m.c.dyson@reading.ac.uk)
Course website: http://www.rdg.ac.uk/typography/pg-taught/typ-pgtmarestypographygraphiccommunication.asp
Programme description: This course provides you with a broad historical and theoretical perspective on typography and graphic communication in preparation for a higher degree by research. It is ideal for graduates from other disciplines and those who wish to strengthen their practical design skills through developing research knowledge and skills.
Course fees: see http://www.rdg.ac.uk/typography/pg-taught/typ-pgtfeesandfunding.asp



Managing and preserving rare books: online courses
The Centre for Archive and Information Studies (CAIS) at the University of Dundee offer a 13 week online part-time course in managing and preserving rare books and special collections The course is tutored by experts and delivered online via an interactive, fully-supported, virtual learning environment. Aimed at those working with rare book and special collections the course is suitable for UK and international students and covers historical, theoretical and practical issues. Topics covered include: For more details and an application form please visit http://www.dundee.ac.uk/cais/cpd/ or contact armtraining@dundee.ac.uk. CAIS also offers the following Masters programmes as well as short courses in all aspects of archive, records and information management:



Short-term bibliographical and history of the book courses are also available through:-

  • Rare Book School, University of Virginia
  • California Rare Book School
  • London Rare Book School
  • Folger Institute, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC


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