Romance Philology LM (2020/2021)

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Anna Maria Babbi
Anna Maria Babbi
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CuCi IB dal Nov 9, 2020 al Jan 9, 2021.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The module of Romance Philology aims to lead the students to acquire and deepen fundamental knowledge in the fields of philology, historical linguistics and literature, through the reading and analysis of literary texts in Romance languages of the Middle Ages. Expected results: - Know and master the different levels of analysis applied to the texts during the course. - Know the specific disciplinary vocabulary. - Exhibit correctly the acquired knowledge.


The course will be held in Italian

a. elements of ecdotic;

b. elements of “critique génétique”.

We wish to offer an idea of the methodology in order to do a critical edition of a text. The part of the “critique génétique” intends to study the manuscripts of modern and contemporaries authors in order to understand how the author create the work.

c. Selection of Medieval romance texts.


A. Stussi, Breve avviamento alla filologia italiana, Bologna, il Mulino, 2008.

Elements of “critique génétique :

b. hand-out of the texts studied will be available during the course;

c. hand-out of the texts studied will be available during the course;

A part of the course (12 hours) will be held in English by Dr. Pierandrea Martina of the Romanisches Seminar in Zurich with the following program:

French Medieval (Fantastic) Beasts:
Where to Find Them – not only in Bestiaries

The course will focus on a genre of the Medieval French literature, the bestiary. After some preliminary notes on the previous production, we will delve into the work of Philippe de Thaon, an Anglo-Norman author of the 12th Century.
In the first part of the course, we will read some excerpts from his Bestiaire paying particular attention to the manuscript context of this text.
In the second part of the course, some animals will guide us through other texts: in particular, we will follow the fortunes of the lion in Chrétien de Troyes’s Yvain and Richard de Fournival’s Bestiaire d’amour, two masterpieces of the courtly literature.

Selected Bibliography

Li bestiaires d’amours di Maistre Richart de Fornival e Li response du bestiaire, a c. di C. Segre, Milano/Napoli, Ricciardi, 1957
Bestiari Medievali, a c. di L. Morini, Torino, Einaudi, 1987
Philippe de Thaon, Bestiaire, éd. L. Morini, Paris, Champion, 2018
Chrétien de Troyes, Le chevalier au lion (Yvain), ed. M. Roques, Paris, Champion, 2018
Bestiari tardoantichi e medievali, a c. di F. Zambon, Milano, Bompiani, 2018 (in part. the Introduction)
S. Kay, Animal Skins and the Reading Self in Medieval Latin and French Bestiaries, Chicago/London, The University of Chicago Press, 2017: The Lion, pp. 101-106
R.T. Pickens, The Literary Activity of Philippe de Thaün, «Romance Notes», 12 (1970), pp. 208-2012
R. Trachsler, «Si le gita / sor son dos, et si l’en porta» (Yvain, vv. 3445-46) ou: comment porter un cerf si vous êtes un lion, «Reinardus», 7 (1994), pp. 183-93

Assessment methods and criteria

Final oral examination.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and in accordance with the University of Verona guidelines, during the 2020-2021 winter session the assessment modality will be modified as follows: in presence or online oral exam: Zoom].