The Introductory meeting for the MA in Literature & Publishing programme 2018-19 will take place from 11am to 1pm on Monday, Sept 10th, in QA113 Alexander Anderson Boardroom, Quadrangle. 

Visit NUI Galway's Courses Page for information on how to apply, entry requirements and assessment.

The MA in Literature and Publishing is Ireland’s only full-time postgraduate programme in publishing. This programme offers the opportunity to develop knowledge of publishing in the context of literary study. Students choose from a wide range of modules and can tailor their choices so that they gain necessary experience for work in the industry. A weekly speaker series, Publishers on Publishing, brings people working in publishing both in Ireland and abroad to discuss their careers. Hands-on experience is gained through the publication of ROPES, a journal produced entirely by students in the programme each year.

Courses include, but are not limited to,:

Publishers on Publishing

This course consists of presentations by those working within the publishing industry on the various aspects of their work. Publishers discuss at first-hand the state of the industry in respect of current processes of management, decision-making, copy-editing, production, indexing, marketing and distribution. Publishers analyse the different kinds of companies that constitute the industry in Ireland and abroad.

Electronic Publishing (Mr Robert Smyth)

This course addresses such issues as:

  • What is electronic publishing?
  • How to run an EP project
  • The future of electronic publishing.

Students are introduced to the history of electronic publishing, to traditional publications in the new media and to new publications enabled by the electronic media. Students work within the Information Technology area of the College and also learn about electronic publishing from the point of view of its management within the international marketplace.

Students on the MA in Literature and Publishing also publish a Review of Postgraduate Studies.

Book History, EN570 (Dr Rebecca Barr)

This course examines the role of the book as a material object within western culture.  From the print revolution in the fifteenth century to the advent of the world wide web and its fundamental alteration of society's attitude toward print, the book is at the forefront of social change and forms a convenient matrix through which the interrelations between the production and consumption of texts can be observed.

Textual Studies, EN563 (Convenor: Dr Justin Tonra, not offered 2018-19)

The purpose of this course is to explore the theoretical and practical problems associated with textuality, and to show how the material, historical and physical aspects of texts are related to the ways in which they are interpreted. Seminars address such themes as "authorship" and "textuality", the material histories of specific literary works and the evaluation of different types of editorial practice.

Contemporary Publishing, EN579  (Mr Toner Quinn)

This course introduces students to key facets of book, magazine and digital publishing, from business models and the structure of the industry to commissioning, costing, production, distribution and sales. The emphasis is on practical knowledge and preparing the students for working in the industry. Assessment is through two practical assignments. The course includes a visit to publishing companies and a printer.

Copy-editing and Proof-reading, EN581 (Mr Toner Quinn)

This course consists of training in professional copy-editing and proofreading, including marking up typescripts, proofreading, grammar and punctuation, combining text and images, working with authors, specialist texts, copyright and indices. Assessment is through two in-class assessments.

Medieval Aesthetics and Poetic Art, EN522 (Dr Dermot Burns)

This course examines how medieval theorists extended previous concepts of aesthetics in fresh ways, making innovative contributions to theories of beauty and the development of art. A variety of literature, architecture and painting from the Middle Ages will be considered in light of these philosophical developments.

Literature of North America, EN527

This course examines current trends in contemporary North American writing of the past ten years within a cultural and theoretical context.

Discovering the Archives, EN511 (Prof Lionel Pilkington, not offered 2018-19)

This course involves learning what archives of primary documents are available in the James Hardiman Special Collections at NUI Galway and how to interpret them by means of secondary sources and reference materials.  Each student composes an original essay based on personal research.

Marketing Communications (Promotion Management), EN559 (Dr Ann Torres)

The objective of this course is to examine critically methods and opportunities that companies should use to promote themselves and their product. Students examine the ways in which promotion facilitates the creation of new markets and the sale of existing products or services. Coursework is done in groups consisting of three to four and each group develops a project in the form of a promotional plan for a given firm.

Travel Literature, EN573 (Prof Daniel Carey)

Narratives of travel constituted one of the most popular publishing genres of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.  This course examines the literary conventions, genres, and modes of representing otherness that characterised this disparate body of texts.  We make particular used of Early English Books Online which makes available virtually everything printed from 1475-1700.

Publishing Law, EN593 (Dr Maureen O'Sullivan)

This course introduces students to a number of legal issues pertaining to the publishing industry.  It deals with copyright, both from philosophical and practical perspectives. Students come to understand the rationale for the way the law has developed in this area, especially since the arrival of the digital age, by looking at the works of Locke, Hegel and Kant and their application to new technologies. The roles played by various stakeholders in the publishing and other industries are examined.  New trends in publishing, such as making works available for free, where the author or creator of the work has no obvious remuneration, blogging, and the creation of collaborative works online, along with the effects of these trends on the traditional industry are evaluated.

Early Modern Print and Manuscript Cultures, EN507 (Dr Marie-Louise Coolahan) (not offered 2018-19)

This course examines the relationships between print and manuscript cultures in the seventeenth century though poetry and prose, exploring the social and political contexts informing decisions about the appropriate medium of textual dissemination. It also examines difficulties and issues surrounding the editing of seventeenth-century writers for the twenty-first century.  Authors include John Milton, Katherine Philips, George Herbert and Lucy Hutchinson, alongside lesser-known writers.

Literature and Colonialism, EN547

Students develop an in-depth  knowledge and understanding of literature relating to the British Empire and its former colonies. The course analyses literature in relation to colonial power structures and considers the relationship between political power and literary representation. Students read a wide range of postcolonial literary theory and learn both to apply these theories and to consider them critically. By the end of the course, students are encouraged to consider how ideas concerning literary representation relate to present-day debates about representation and power in a modern globalised world.

19th-Century Literary Marketplace, EN610 (Dr Richard Pearson)

This course examines the exciting diversification of print commodities in the industrialised marketplace of nineteenth century Britain as mass literacy emerged. Seminars analyse the format of literary texts, from ’three-decker’ novels, and serial fiction, to Christmas Books, and illustrated volumes of poetry. We assess developments in journalism, from the sensational materials of Henry Mayhew, and reporting on Crimea and London prostitution, to the new illustrated periodicals such as Punch and the Illustrated London News. The course also considers the rise of a counter-culture of the book as art-object in the publications of such as William Morris. Print’s reflection of the materialist and consumer-led culture of the nineteenth century, as well as the commodification of the book itself, is addressed

Studies in Oral History, EN561 (Dr Cartriona Clear)

This examines the methodology and uses of oral history and provides guidance on devising and carrying out an oral history project.