MA in Writing, Editing and Mediating

General

Program Description

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);
  • International staff.

Program

Year 1

Courses

  • From Manuscript to Printed Book (WEM 3) (10 EC, optional)
  • Modern English Language (WEM 2) (10 EC, optional)
  • Modern Literature and Mediation (WEM 1) (10 EC, optional)
  • The Digital Text: The Book Past and Future (10 EC, optional)
  • Interdisciplinary Seminars (Literature) (10 EC, optional)
  • Master language Courses (5 EC, optional)
  • Master's Thesis (WEM) (20 EC)
  • Translating and Editing (WEM 4) (10 EC, optional)
  • Work Placement (WEM) (10 EC, optional)

Curriculum

Courses can vary each year. Recent interdisciplinary courses dealt with European modernism, minority literature, and homosexuality in nineteenth and twentieth-century literature.

For more information about the variety of areas in which students can write their dissertations click the Research tab above

Placements are optional. These have to be arranged by the student but they are supervised by the program staff who will also give advice on the kinds of placements that are suitable.

Students can also follow Master language courses. These courses are jointly organized by the English departments of the universities of the Netherlands and courses take place all over the country.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

Specific requirements More information
Language test Your BA should show that you possess our minimum language requirements of any of the following: TOEFL iBT 110 (min. of 25 on writing skills); IELTS 8 (min. of 7.5 on all items); ERK level C1. If your BA does not certify this, you may have to take an appropriate language test.
Previous education

BA in English Language and/or Literature; degree in another literature or culture area taught in English (e.g. American Studies)

International diploma

Specific requirements More information
Language test Your BA should show that you possess our minimum language requirements of any of the following: TOEFL iBT 110 (min. of 25 on writing skills); IELTS 8 (min. of 7.5 on all items); ERK level C1. If your BA does not certify this, you may have to take an appropriate language test.
Other admission requirements To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific program requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies and the grades that you have obtained. This evaluation is carried out by our Admissions Office and the Admissions Board.

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students

15 January 2020

15 August 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

EU/EEA students

15 October 2019

01 May 2020

15 October 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

non-EU/EEA students

15 October 2019

01 May 2020

15 October 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 2083 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 8900 full-time
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time

Job prospects

The WEM Master's track is an ideal stepping stone towards a career in:

  • Editing
  • Publishing
  • Translation
  • Journalism

Although the course is taught and assessed in English, many of its skills are generic and students have gone on to work in non-Anglophone settings.

Research

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 functions 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);

Dissertations may be supervised by any appropriate member of staff. The following list indicates some of the areas in which dissertations can be written.

  • Dr. Kees Dekker: textual editing; manuscript studies; Old English literature and language; Middle English literature and language.
  • Dr. John Flood: Renaissance/Early-Modern literature; Romantic and Victorian literature; Christianity and literature; modern Irish literature; science-fiction; J.R.R. Tolkien; literature and war (especially World War I); twentieth-century British, Irish and American poetry; the history of the book; textual editing; philosophy and literature.
  • Dr. Corey Gibson: Marxist literary theory; working-class literature; political ideology and literature; the vernacular; modernism; fairy tales; ballads and folklore; prison literature; postmodern literature; conceptions of authorship; the historical novel; nationalism and literature; Cold War literature; Scottish literature (eighteenth century to the present).
  • Dr. Ann Hoag: women’s writing; travel literature; contemporary American fiction; modernism.
  • Dr. Hans Jansen: translation; textual correction and editing; Shakespeare, English drama.
  • Prof. Richard Lansdown: Nineteenth-century English Literature, Romanticism, Lord Byron, Jane Austen, William Wordsworth, John Ruskin, Western Ideas of the Pacific, Literary Criticism and Theory, History of Ideas.
  • Dr. Tekla Mecsnober: typography; modernist writing (especially James Joyce, modernist magazines and experiments with language); eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British fiction; Gerard Manley Hopkins; Victorian poetry.
  • Dr. Karin Olsen: Anglo-Saxon literature and culture; comparative studies in Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse and early Irish literature and culture; Middle English literature.
  • Prof. Sebastian Sobecki: textual and manuscript studies; digital humanities; Middle English and early Tudor literature; law, politics, and multilingualism; maritime literature.
  • Dr. Irene Visser: postcolonial literature and theory; American literature; contemporary literature; young adult fiction; dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction; trauma theory and trauma fiction; post-9/11 literature; Maori Literature; Chicano Literature; South African literature; William Faulkner.
  • Dr. Kees de Vries: literary theory; nineteenth-century literature; Oscar Wilde; humor and literature; music and literature.

Here are some sample topics of WEM dissertations recently supervised in the English Department.

  • Covering Arthurian Novels: Cover Design as an Integral Part of Book Marketing.
  • Tolerance as Cultural Difference: Ian Buruma’s Murder in Amsterdam.
  • Chicanas Write Back: Gender and Homosexuality in Gloria Anzaldúa, Estela Portillo Trambley, and Ana Castillo
  • Constructing and Deconstructing Paradise: Robinsonades and British Imperialism.
  • Victorian and Contemporary Criminality in Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes Narratives and BBC’s Sherlock.
  • The Fall of the Romish Church: An Edition of a Reformist Pamphlet.
  • An edition of The Diary of John Lewis: Thoughts of an 18th-Century Minister.
  • A Semi-Diplomatic Edition of Jane Anger Her Protection for Women.
  • From Chest to Window: The Literary Digital Archive and its Mediations.
  • Entertaining Educational Ideals: Children’s Adaptations of Robinson Crusoe and Don Quixote in Eighteenth-Century England.
  • The Agenda of Early AIDS Theatre: As Is and The Normal Heart as Works of Authoritarian Fiction.
  • Recently Built and Remodelled Public Libraries: The Design of Today’s Public Library Buildings.
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