10516 - Philology of Italian Literature (M-Z)

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Humanities (cod. 8850)

Learning outcomes

With this course the student will learn the knowledge of the bases of the philological disciplines and of the Italian philology particularly, with essential notions of history of the tradition and textual criticism. The focus is to recompose the elaboration of a literary work and to read in a correct way the critical edition of an ancient and modern text.

Course contents

Philology is not a method, but a mental habit. The course aims to address the theoretical foundations of Italian philology through problems rather than precepts. In the classroom, following the guidelines of the manual, photographic reproductions of handwritten and printed texts and edition examples will also be examined to clarify the issues.


Francesco Bausi, La filologia italiana, Bologna, il Mulino, 2022 (only selected parts to be agreed with the teacher).

Teaching methods

The course is divided into 30 lectures of two hours each (60 hours in total) which will take place during the second semester of the Academic Year 2022-2023.

Due to the nature of the course, the active participation of students is required during the lessons. There will be oral and written exercises.

The supporting materials (slides, digital photographs and all that may be useful) will be provided by the teacher and made available online or on the teacher's website.

Assessment methods

Oral exam at the end of the course.

We will evaluate the property of language and the ability to elaborate a coherent philological and interpretative discourse.

The student will be asked questions on the issues addressed during the lessons. They will be appreciated and positively evaluated:

a) correctness of the answer

b) in-depth skills

c) language property.

Teaching tools

Lectures, including oral and written exercises.

In addition to the lectures, a non-compulsory seminar will be activated to deepen the documentary and bibliographic aspects of the program. The teacher is also available, during office hours and before or after lessons, to provide supplementary materials or further clarifications on the exam and program.

Office hours

See the website of Leonardo Quaquarelli


Quality education

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