Course Convenor: Dr Christopher Ohge

Maximum: 15 Students

Venue: Senate House

This course will survey the traditions and principles of scholarly editing and textual scholarship, complemented with hands-on workshops on the fundamentals of creating digital editions. It aims to provide an understanding of the history of editorial practice, including the study of manuscripts, the theory of copy text editing, and the decisions relating to textual and contextual apparatus that inform the design of an edition. Students will focus on encoding documents in XML using the standards of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). Students will also learn about Markdown, HTML, CSS, alternative markup languages (such as LMNL), and how to incorporate digital facsimiles into editions using TextLab. Students will also have the opportunity to examine rare books and manuscripts from the Senate House Library’s Special Collections.

For more information on the module, please consult the module website. 

Please note: No prior experience with programming is required. If you have experience with TEI-XML, you may want to consider taking the Digital Scholarly Editing: Advanced Methods module, which runs from 22-26 June 2020. Students will need to bring their own laptop for this course. If you do not have a laptop, we can arrange to supply one - please get in touch at

Reccomended Introductory Reading

Burnard, Lou. What is the Text Encoding Initiative? (Open Edition, 2014).

Gabler, Hans Walter. Text Genetics in Literary Modernism and Other Essays [especially "Theorizing the Digital Scholarly Edition"] (Open Book, 2018).

Gaskell, Philip. From Writer to Reader: Studies in Editorial Method (Oak Knoll, 1978).

Gottesman, Ronald and Scott Bennett, eds. Art and Error: Modern Textual Editing (Methuen, 1970).

Greetham, David. Scholarly Editing: A Guide to Research (New York: MLA, 1995).

McGann, Jerome. A Critique of Modern Textual Criticism (UP of Virginia, 1983).

Pierazzo, Elena. Digital Scholarly Editing: Theories, Models and Methods  (Ashgate, 2015).

Tanselle, G. Thomas. "The Editing of Historical Documents," Studies in Bibliography 31 (1978), pp. 1–56.


Student Comments

An extremely well thought-through, well-presented and comprehensive introduction to a complex, but increasingly important academic skill.

The instructor presented a good mix of lectures and practical exercises. The website was extremely useful and its great that we can refer back to it.