English for publishing (2014/2015)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Silvia Bigliazzi
Silvia Bigliazzi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Semestrino IIA, Semestrino IIB

Lesson timetable

Semestrino IIA
Day Time Type Place Note
Thursday 10:10 AM - 11:50 AM lesson Lecture Hall 1.1  
Friday 10:10 AM - 11:50 AM lesson Lecture Hall 1.2  
Semestrino IIB
Day Time Type Place Note
Thursday 10:10 AM - 11:50 AM lesson Lecture Hall 1.1  
Friday 8:30 AM - 10:10 AM lesson Lecture Hall 1.2  

Learning outcomes

The module aims at introducing students to the diachronic development of the English language, with a focus on the transition from orality to the written page with reference to early modern print culture.


Programme: The module will follow the history of English with particular attention to linguistic variation in early modern texts. Linguistic instability in in-Quarto and in-Folio editions and its similarity with other text types (such as ballads and libels) will be taken as a case study in order to discuss the interaction between written and oral culture in the early print age.


1) Albert C. Baugh, Thomas Cable, A History of the English Language, London – New York, Routledge, 2012 (6th edition)
2) Neil Rhodes (ed.), The Renaissance Computer, London and New, York Routledge, (2000) 2005 (chapters: 1-4, pp. 1-56; chap. 6, pp. 93-102; chap. 12, pp. 181-193)
3) Lene B. Petersen, Shakespeare’s Errant Texts, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2013 (Part 1, pp. 3-143)
Supplementary readings for non-attending students:
Adam Fox, Oral and Literate Culture in England, 1500-1700, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2003.

Teaching methods: Lectures will be held in English.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will consist in an oral discussion in English of the module’s topics.