72460 - Medieval and Humanistic Literature and Philology (1) (LM)

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students will have a comprehensive knowledge of the various aspects involved in the study of medioeval and humanistic philology: the complex relationship between the humanists and the classical tradition; the humanistic philology as a fundamental basis of the knowledge of modernity; the situation of the existent editions and the evolution of the philological criteria with the inclusion of the new technological tools. The student will also be able to make clear the relations between this discipline and others like the Italian philology and the Italian literature.

Course contents

Humanists as readers, copysts, commentators, authors

The first part of the course will be devoted to seize the philological and literary "dialogue" of Petrarch and Boccaccio with the latin classics: it will be showed starting from the manuscripts owned and/or annotated by them; while the second part will be directed to highlight particular paths fifteenth-century philology and commentary of the classics in different geographical areas, and to show the presence of such echoes or shooting in various forms of production and vulgar Latin of the fourteenth-century poets. During the course the relationships between words and images in the manuscript and printed tradition between the Fourteenth and Sixteenth centuries will also be investigated.


- F. Rico, Ritratti allo specchio: Boccaccio, Petrarca, Antenore, 2012;

- L. Chines, Filigrane. Nuovi tasselli per Petrarca e Boccaccio, Roma-Padova, Antenore-Salerno, 2021;

- A. Urceo Codro, Sermones IX-XIV, con la Vita Codri di Bartolomeo Bianchini, a cura di M. Dani, A. Severi, G. Ventura, Carocci, 2021 (forthcoming, November 2021);

- A. Severi, Filippo Beroaldo il Vecchio un maestro per l'Europa. da commentatore di classici a classico moderno, Bologna, il Mulino, 2015, (Introduction and chapter 1); or, alternatively, G. Ventura, Codro tra Bologna e l'Europa, Bologna, Pàtron, 2019 (Introduction and chapter 1).

- M. Berté, M. Petoletti, Filologia medievale e umanistica, il Mulino, 2017 (for student frequenting lessons this book is only suggested, not mandatory)

Non-attending students are required to prepare the following volumes:

- M. Berté, M. Petoletti, Filologia medievale e umanistica, il Mulino, 2017

One volume between:

- M. Fiorilla, Marginalia figurati nei codici di Petrarca, Olschki, 2005;
- M. Fiorilla, I classici nel Canzoniere. Note di lettura e scrittura poetica in Petrarca, Antenore, 2012

Teaching methods


Assessment methods

The verification of the learning will be tested by an oral proof in which the student must show to have acquired 1) The ability to gather with precision the philological situation of the texts taken in examination and the matters related to their transmission, receipt and fortune; 2) the ability to appraise critically the mechanisms of the intertetualità literary in the complex dynamics that takes place among philology, exegesis and creative writing.

  • If a student will not be able to orientate his own knowledge in the literary 'landscape' of the medieval and humanistic culture and to recognize the main philological features of the XIV and XV principal texts under the program, he will receive a negative evaluation;
  • If a student will be able to catch the main aspects of the works and the authors proposed during the course and to recognize the foundamental issues and the peculiar features of the most important works of the humanistic philology and of its main 'characters', he will receive a positive evaluation;
  • If a student will show a deep knowledge of the texts and of the methodological issues of the humanistic philology, he will receive an excellent evaluation.

Teaching tools

Pc, videoproiettore, photocopies.

Office hours

See the website of Loredana Chines


Quality education

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.