Italian Philology (i) (2015/2016)

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Name of lecturer
Michelangelo Zaccarello
Michelangelo Zaccarello
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Semestrino IIB dal Apr 18, 2016 al Jun 4, 2016.

Lesson timetable

Semestrino IIB
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 5:20 PM - 7:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.5  
Tuesday 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.5  
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 10:10 AM lesson Lecture Hall 1.2  
Wednesday 2:50 PM - 4:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall Aula D4-Olimpia from May 18, 2016  to May 18, 2016

Learning outcomes

The course aims at introducing the various aspects and problems related to the analysis of vernacular texts and their transmission, illustrating the main philological criteria and elements of editorial technique; due attention will be paid to the complex relationship between philological reconstruction and interpretation of text, the choice of a copy-text and the different methods in granting linguistic credibility to a literary work reconstructed from non-autograph sources. A closer reference will be made to 15th century, with analytical reading of texts that seem particularly relevant for the humanistic debate on the vernacular (Leonardo Bruni, Biondo Flavio, Cristoforo Landino) and the peculiar relationship between language and the dialect(s) as established in the literary tradition of Italy.


Teaching module: Latin and the Vernacular in the Italian Quattrocento: Linguistic analysis, textual scholarship and editorial tasks.

Testi di riferimento:

M. Zaccarello, Alcune questioni di metodo nell’edizione dei testi italiani antichi, Verona, Fiorini, 2012.

A. Stussi (ed.), Fondamenti di critica testuale, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2006 (e succ. edd.).

M. Tavoni, Storia della lingua italiana. Il Quattrocento, Padova, LibreriaUniversitaria, 2015 (I edizione. Bologna, Il Mulino, 1992).

*During the course, further specific readings may be suggested and/or provided in photocopies.

Non-attendees will also read:

P. Stoppelli, Filologia della letteratura italiana, Roma, Carocci, 2008.

M. Zaccarello, “Reperta”. Indagini recuperi ritrovamenti di letteratura italiana antica, Verona, Fiorini, 2008.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will be taken as a viva.