Doctoral Program Requirements

A doctoral candidate obtains degree-option certification in Textual Studies by completing the program’s four core courses (20 credit hours):

  • English 501 / Comp Lit 551 (Textual Theory and Practice):¬†an introduction to the intellectual foundations of textual studies; historical background in disciplines of philology and textual criticism; theories of textuality from formalism and New Criticism to poststructuralism and medium-specific analysis; current and emerging concerns in the history of the book, media studies, globally comparative philologies, and the digital humanities.
  • English 502 / Comp Lit 552 (Manuscript Studies): an examination of the theoretical and methodological issues attending the study of written texts including literacy, circulation, production, and reception in premodern and modern manuscript cultures; training in paleography, codicology, manuscript genetics, and archival research methods.
  • English 503 / Comp Lit 553 (Print Culture and Publication): an examination of the theoretical and methodological issues attending the study of printed texts; training in bibliography and the history of the book from Gutenberg’s hand press to the machine and periodical presses of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; contemporary book art.
  • English 504 / Comp Lit 554 (Digital Texts and Contexts): an examination of digital textuality from the rise and fall of “hypertext” to contemporary convergence and transmediation in hybrid visual-verbal genres: computer games, digital video, and e-poetry. Coverage of practical issues surrounding digital scholarship and the digital humanities.

Ten additional seminar credits must be obtained in approved courses offered by participating units.¬†Before advancing to dissertation work, the student will demonstrate his or her general knowledge of the field of Textual Studies by completing an examination or writing a critical essay on an assigned topic. A student’s Ph.D. supervisory committee should include at least one member of the Textual Studies Participating Faculty.