Italian Philology (i) (2020/2021)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Paolo Pellegrini
Paolo Pellegrini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
CuCi IA, CuCi IB

Lesson timetable

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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 optimizing linguistic and textual reliability for medieval literary works, especially when drawn from autograph sources.


This course deals with 3 main topics :
1. History of philological method
2. The Lachmann's method
3. Authorial philology
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, the critical 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.

Franca Brambilla Ageno, L'edizione critica dei testi volgari, Roma-Padova, Antenore, 1984 [Seconda ediz. riveduta e ampliata pp. VIII-346]

The teacher will use e-learning didactic methods, providing students with slides and materials that will be gradually displayed in class. 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
Franca Brambilla Ageno L'edizione critica dei testi volgari (Edizione 2) Antenore 1984 978-88-8455-018-7

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 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.