What makes a text a good or captivating text? How do you recognize repetitions, inconsistencies, faulty logic, and other problems in texts? What does it take to guide a text from writer to reader?
Working with texts in a professional setting involves a special set of skills. The Writing, Editing and Mediating Master's track (often abbreviated to WEM), offers students a choice of courses that focus on non-fiction writing for specific audiences, the history of texts in their various forms (from manuscript to digital book), proof-reading and correcting English texts, and producing texts for publication. Topics addressed include censorship, copyright, scholarly editions, critical theory, and social issues in contemporary literature.
Students on the course typically have a BA in English or in an Anglophone culture (e.g. American Studies). Some students with other humanities qualifications and a sufficient level of academic English are accepted by the admissions board.
The one-year Master's track in Writing, Editing and Mediating (WEM) is a track within the Master's degree in Literary Studies and is run by the Department of English Language and Culture. It is taught and assessed wholly in English.
Why study this program in Groningen?
Training in writing about literature for non-academic audiences
Correcting and editing written English of various kinds
Modules that address issues related to modern publishing
Teaching in small groups (typically 15-20 students)
Student Dissertations & Staff Expertise
Research in the Department covers all areas of English literature and linguistics. Our particular strengths lie in modernism, premodern culture, and language development, and we publish widely on such topics as critical theory, visual culture, travel literature, women's writing, medieval learning, or language acquisition and loss. Our staff members run or participate in a number of international research projects, including the Language Attrition project and the Hakluyt Editorial Project.
Dissertations in the Writing, Editing, and Mediating track should reflect the nature of the WEM courses. Possible topics include:
the function of literary works in their social contexts;
an edition of a text;
theoretical reflection on an aspect of the history of the methods used in writing, editing, translating, and mediating texts;
an examination of the ways in which literary texts are mediated to a particular social group or groups (e.g. reading groups, book-reviews, school syllabi, censorship);
any aspect of Book History;
institutions and practices associated with literary texts (e.g. libraries, copyright, literary prizes);
ways of disseminating texts involving historical or modern technologies (e.g. internet platforms, e-books).