Textual studies and editorial technique (2018/2019)

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Name of lecturer
Paolo Pellegrini
Paolo Pellegrini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Sem. 1B dal Nov 19, 2018 al Jan 12, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to address the various aspects and problems related to the analysis and 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 problems; 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 the students will have to demonstrate:
- to know the general principles of textual criticism and the recent reflections on the Anglo-American discipline;
- to sketch a stemma codicum from some simple textual examples;
- to distinguishing an error from a transmission variant and to apply the criteria of lectio difficilior and usus scribendi;
- to analyze the structure of a text and recognize its constitutive units for the purposes of stemmatic reconstruction.


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
Classes will consist of lectures during which the course topics will be explained in detail. Students will examine different types of philological reconstructions of texts and will discuss them with their classmates and the teacher. In particular, thecritical editions of some Italian classics will be examined according to the following order:
1. recognition of the manuscript tradition;
2. analysis of the stemmatic reconstruction;
3. reading of texts and checking of the stemmata;
4. considerations and remarks by the students.
Students will be stimulated by the teacher to directly face the problems related both to the reconstruction of the stemmata codicum and the linguistic physiognomy of the texts, so as to verify the skills acquired during the lessons.

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)
- 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)

The teacher will use e-learning didactic methods, providing students with slides and materials that will be gradually displayed in class. To keep up with a rapidly evolving subject, the teacher will provide a selection of articles in specialized magazines, book chapters and digital resources (in English).
The e-learning platform will be also consulted for teacher-student communications and for everything related to the timetable, lessons and suspensions. Throughout the academic year the teacher will receive students on time posted to the virtual bulletin board and constantly updated.
Non-attending students must integrate the course materials with 4 essays chosen from the 2009 issue of the journal Ecdotica.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Paolo Trovato Everything you always wanted to know about Lachmann's method. (Edizione 2) libreriauniversitaria.it 2017 8862928602

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam is oral and consists of two questions:
1. Discussion of a question of general method concerning the different philological approaches to the text.
2. Discussion of a particular case study concerning an author or a text displayed in class: students must illustrate and justify each case showing how to apply the acquired knowledge.
Non-attending students must also display the contents of one of the articles chosen from those reported in the supplementary bibliography.
For each of the two parts is attributed up to a maximum of 15/30. The sum of the score of the two evaluations will form the final mark, expressed in thirtieths. For non-attending students, for each of the two parts is attributed up to a maximum of 10/30 on the final evaluation.