Editorial Studies

The Editorial Institute was formed with the conviction that the textually sound, contextually annotated edition is central to the intellectual life of many disciplines. Its primary aims are the promotion of critical awareness of editorial issues and practices, and the provision of training in editorial methods.

The institute offers advanced degrees (MA and PhD) to students who successfully prepare either editions of important writings, with textual apparatus and annotation, or monographs concerned with editing or textual bibliography. Guidance to students is provided through courses that cover such topics as current technologies for storing, disseminating, or editing information; legal considerations concerning copyright and intellectual property; historical changes in the concept of authorship; the practice of annotation; and recent theorizing about texts. Several courses feature a variety of visiting speakers and field trips.

A number of the Editorial Institute’s courses are open to undergraduate students, who are encouraged to become familiar with the principles and practices of editing.

For further information about the Editorial Institute, please call 617-358-1937, send an email to lmoreau@bu.edu, or visit the website.

Editorial Studies Courses

All courses are 4 credit hours.

  • CAS EI 501 The Theory and Practice of Literary Editing
  • CAS EI 503 Textual Scholarship
  • CAS EI 505 Manuscripts at Mugar
  • CAS EI 506 Topics in Textual Scholarship and the History of Western Society
  • CAS EI 507 Publishing Procedures
  • CAS EI 508 Editing Across the Disciplines
  • CAS EI 509 History of the Book