Widener English offers a unique opportunity for undergraduates to engage in research in Textual Scholarship. Textual Scholarship is the study of how literary texts have come to be, how they have been, and how they ought to be transmitted. The primary goal of Textual Scholarship as part of our undergraduate research program is to learn the principles behind the editions of literary texts that we read by putting them into practice. Students who pursue Textual Scholarship at Widener work with a member of the faculty, Daniel Robinson, who is an internationally-renowned editor of Romantic-period poetry. He has produced scholarly editions of the work of Mary Robinson, Anna Letitia Barbauld, William Wordsworth, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
As part of our program in Textual Scholarship, students have been able to travel to the Lake District in England, and work with experts on William Wordsworth, including the Curator of the Jerwood Centre, home to the poet’s manuscripts. Students have also presented their work on campus during Student Project Day, and beyond at the Wordsworth Summer Conference.
Students who complete 12 semester hours of ENGL 401: Textual Scholarship can receive a certificate in Textual Scholarship that confirms an exceptional level of expertise in a field that is distinguished for undergraduate English majors. In addition to developing the skills and earning the experience described in the course description for ENGL 401, students who complete the requirements for the Textual Scholarship certificate also have demonstrated a sustained commitment to the completion of a serious scholarly project that involves both extraordinary undergraduate research and intensive experiential learning.