92938 - Methodology of Philological Research (1) (LM)

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Italian Studies, European Literary Cultures, Linguistics (cod. 9220)

Learning outcomes

Through the comparative study of handbooks of Italian philology, the course will examine the instruments of ecdotic applied to Italian literature. During the course will be examined in particular catalogues, rhyming dictionaries, indexes, archives, philological reviews, collections of texts, ancient and modern literary histories, in order to train the students to a philological perspective not extemporaneous but systematic and in-depth.

Course contents

The Course includes two sections: the first section (Section a) will provide a deepening of the Italian Philological method (10 hours);

The second section (Section b) will be dedicated to the ecdotic methodology of the correspondence. We will focus in particular on the Pascoli correspondence, with the analytical examination of some of the autograph letters exchanged with his friend Alfredo Caselli (20 hours).





Section a: Philological method.

Bruno Bentivogli, Francesca Florimbii, Paola Vecchi Galli, Filologia italiana. Seconda edizione, Milano, Pearson, 2021.

Section b: The correspondence between Giovanni Pascoli and Alfredo Caselli: the letters in life and those post mortem.

The study of: 

(1.) Francesca Florimbii, Carteggi, in Lessico critico pascoliano, ed. by Giovanni Capecchi and Marino Biondi, Rome, Carocci, 2023, pp. 89-99,

will be accompanied by the reading of the introductory parts (Introduzione and Nota ai testi) and of the 30 letters of your choice (15 for each volume) by:

(2.) Alfredo Caselli – Giovanni Pascoli. Correspondence (1912-1920), ed. by Francesca Florimbii, Bologna, Pàtron, 2008;

(3.) Giovanni Pascoli – Alfredo Caselli. Carteggio (1898-1912), ed. by Francesca Florimbii, Edizione Nazionale delle Opere di Giovanni Pascoli, Bologna, Pàtron, 2010.

The methods of studying the critical editions will be illustrated in detail during the lessons and published on virtual.unibo.it


Non-attending students will have to complete the program with the integral reading of (3.).

Teaching methods

The Course is organized in fifteen frontal lessons of two hours that will be held during the first semester of the Academic Year 2023-2024 (second period). It primarily concerns the deepening of theoretical and methodological elements of the critical edition. In the second part of the Course, the methodological knowledge will be applied to the Pascoli correspondence (with particular regard to the Pascoli-Caselli correspondence).

Assessment methods

Oral examination.

The examination involves the knowledge of the Philological methodology applied to Italian Literature, with analysis of texts to verify aspects and methods of a modern critical edition.

The study of the critical and textual problem is then accompanied by the analysis of Pascoli correspondence: during the exam, the ability to elaborate a methodological and, at the same time, interpretative discourse of the letters analysed, will be evaluated.

Teaching tools

Frontal lessons, including oral and written applications. The teacher is to disposition, in the hours of reception and after the lessons, to furnish papers or further elucidations on the examination and the program.

Office hours

See the website of Francesca Florimbii


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