Textual Editing: Scottish Texts (20 Credits) SCOTLIT4029

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces the core skills of editing selected Scottish texts, including constructing and annotating a reading text and descriptive bibliography. It also provides an introduction to relevant Book History a propos the selected texts.


1x2hr seminar per week over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.


This is one of the Honours options in Scottish Literature and may not run every year. The options being offered this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into Scottish Literature, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University 's 25% regulation.

Excluded Courses

SCOTLIT4028 Textual Editing: Scottish Texts




Essay (2,000 words) - 40%

Report (2,000 words) - 40%

Blog-entry exercise [5 entries of at least two paragraphs reflecting on practice of/discussion in the course] - 20%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:


■ obtain a knowledge of the choices that need to be worked through in textual editing.

■ understand the basic principles of annotating literary texts.

■ understand the basic tools of descriptive bibliography

■ obtain a knowledge of relevant aspects of book history.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ evaluate the choices available and identify which might best be made by an editor constructing a reading text.

■ annotate a text in detail.

■ critically discuss the relevance of book history and descriptive bibliography to understanding literary texts.

■ discuss the theoretical state of textual editing practice in the literary critical/scholarly climate of the early 21st century.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.