Summer Course in Scandinavian Manuscript Studies: 2. Theory and Practice of Scholarly Editing

Course content

The advanced-level course Theory and Practice of Scholarly Editing focuses on the history, theory and methodology of editing texts found in manuscript witnesses. The student will apply skills learned in the basic-level or equivalent course to read and transcribe manuscrips, focusing on variation found among different witnesses of a single text and how these variants can be represented in different types of editions.

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Learning outcome

By the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Recognize the various types of editions (critical edition, best-text edition, single text edition) and their intended audiences
  • Collect variants from multiple manuscript witnesses in order to create a variant apparatus
  • Prepare a stemma codicum


See the curriculum:

Class instruction with lectures and workshops.

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It is recommended that before the student register for the course Theory and Practice of Scholarly Editing the course Reading and Working with Manuscripts or something similar has been taken.

In order to be admitted to the Master’s elective offered as summer courses in Scandinavian Manuscript Studies, the student must have completed a Bachelor's degree program. The student must have some background in Old Norse language and literature, e.g. a BA level course such as The Nordic languages in the Medieval Period (De nordiske sprog i middelalderen).
The student must be able to read texts in Academic English.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Course participation, 2 weeks under invigilation
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship

Short courses / Copenhagen Summer University

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 70
  • Course Preparation
  • 120
  • Preparation
  • 20
  • English
  • 210