Textual studies and editorial technique (2020/2021)

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Paolo Pellegrini
Paolo Pellegrini
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CuCi IB dal Nov 9, 2020 al Jan 9, 2021.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course focuses on the history of the philological method from antiquity to the modern era, it displays the techniques of the Lachmann method and of the New philology. Students will examine some examples of both stemmatic reconstruction and author philology, paying particular attention to the relationship between reconstruction of the text and its interpretation.
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 debate on its main topics; - 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 3 main topics :
1. General principles of textual scholarship
2. The Lachmann's method
3. 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; reading of texts and checking of the stemmata;
3. 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.

Leighton D. Reynolds, N. G. Wilson, Scribes and Scholars: Guide to the Transmission of Greek and Latin Literature, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1968 (or further editions)

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 1 choosen in accordance with their teacher.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Leighton D. Reynolds, Nigel G. Wilson Scribes and Scholars: Guide to the Transmission of Greek and Latin Literature Clarendon Press [Oxford] 1968

Assessment methods and criteria

*** In relation to the situation deriving from the Coronavirus emergency, the examination modality shown below is modified for the 2020 summer session, in accordance with the indications of the university, in oral exam with telematic mode [ZOOM].

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 in accordance with their teacher.
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 three parts is attributed up to a maximum of 10/30 on the final evaluation.