Textual studies and editorial technique (2017/2018)

Course code
4S004057
Name of lecturer
Paolo Pellegrini
Coordinator
Paolo Pellegrini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
L-FIL-LET/13 - PHILOLOGY OF ITALIAN LITERATURE
Language of instruction
English
Period
First half of Semester 1 , Second half of Semester 1

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to address the various aspects and problems related to the analysis and the historical interpretation of vulgar texts and their transmission, as well as the main methodological criteria applied in their critical edition, paying particular attention to the relationship between text reconstruction and interpretative issues, to the problem of the basic text and to the various techniques of formal restitution of ancient vulgar texts received in a non-autographed form.

EXPECTED RESULTS
At the end of the course students will be able to:
- illustrate the general principles of textual criticism and the recent reflections on the Anglo-American discipline
- draft a stemma codicum starting from some simple textual specimens
- know how to distinguish an error from a transmission variant and how to apply the criteria of lectio difficilior and usus scribendi
- know how to analyze the structure of a text and recognize its constitutive units for the purposes of stemmatic reconstruction.

Syllabus

COURSES MAIN TOPICS
This corse deals with 4 main topics :
1. General principles of textual scholarship
2. The Lachmann's method
3. Copy text and anglo-american textual studies
4. Philology of structures

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Paolo Trovato, Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Lachmann's Method
A Non-Standard Handbook of Genealogical Textual Criticism in the Age of Post-Structuralism, Cladistics, and Copy-Text, Padova, LibreriaUniversitaria, 2014 (= 2017)
Chapters:
- Introduction
Part 1.
- Chapter -1 (1.1 to 1.6)
- Chapter 2 (2.1 to 2.4)
- Chapter 3 (3.1 to 3.5; 3.10)
Papers
- McGann paper 1985
- McKenzie paper 1985
Eggert chapters
- Chapter 1
- Chapter 5
- Chapter 6
- EGGERT DSH 2016

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Michelangelo Zaccarello Alcune questioni di metodo nella critica dei testi volgari (Edizione 2) Fiorini 2016 9788896419380
Paolo Trovato Everything you always wanted to know about Lachmann's method. (Edizione 2) libreriauniversitaria.it 2017 8862928602

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam includes an oral exam both for attending students and non-attending students.
Objectives of the assessment test:
- check the knowledge of the program topics.
- verify the ability to apply the main concepts of philological reconstruction.
- verify the ability to read and interpret a stemma codicum.

Contents and methods for conducting the assessment tests:
The test covers all the topics of the program in the four parts related to its thematic areas:
- verification of knowledge of the general principles of philology.
- verification of the ability to apply these principles to some concrete cases of textual reconstruction.

For each of the two parts is attributed up to a maximum of 15 thirty. The sum of the score of the two evaluations will form the final mark, expressed in thirtieths.
For Erasmus students, the teacher will clarify the contents and methods of the exam in class.

STUDENT MODULE EVALUATION - 2017/2018