Textual Scholarship – University of Copenhagen

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The research group Textual Scholarship is hosted at the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen.

Literary studies and linguistics concern working with texts, but commonly as bearers of specific information – an item of knowledge, an opinion, a message, a style, a language of symbols, a rhythm, rhymes, and so on. In textual scholarship, we turn our attention directly to the texts as phenomena and study their origin, transmission and transposition from one medium to another (i.e. from manuscript to print, or from printed books to electronic texts).

Textual scholarship in this context serves as a collective designation for several related disciplines:

  • Scholarly editing (the science of the publishing of literary works and documents)
  • Book and media history (specifically, the history of textual media)
  • Digital text theory
  • Sociology of literature
  • History of libraries and reading