B1653 - Stemmatology (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

At the end of the course, students will be able to arrive at an advanced philological knowledge, with particular regard to Lachmannian ecdotics. He/she will also be able to reach a correct understanding of the Italian philological tradition in the ancient field. Connections with criticism and literary history of the works considered will not be missing, aimed at emphasising the combination, proper to the Italian tradition, between philology and criticism in the interpretation of texts.

Course contents

The Course includes two sections:

the first section (Section a) will provide a deepening of italian Philological method (10 hours);

the second section (Section b) will focus on Dante Commedia between tradition and reception: from ancient manuscripts to contemporary art. (20 hours).


Section a: Philological method.

Bruno Bentivogli, Francesca Florimbii, Paola Vecchi Galli, Filologia italiana. Seconda edizione, Milano, Pearson, 2021 (excluding paragraphs 17-19 and 26 of the Methodological Section and 10-15 of the Examples).

Section b: The Commedia from manuscript tradition to contemporary reception.

Dante Alighieri, Commedia, ed. by Giorgio Inglese (Società Dantesca Italiana - Edizione Nazionale), Firenze, Le Lettere, 2021.


Non-attending students will have to complete the program with the study of Emilio Pasquini, Il viaggio di Dante. Storia illustrata della Commedia, Roma, Carocci, 2015 (15 cantos of your choice: 5 for each cantica).


Students who have never attended a Philology course will have to take a written examination before the oral examimation, preparing themselves with Giorgio Inglese, Come si legge un'edizione critica. Elementi di Filologia Italiana (Terza Edizione), Roma, Carocci, 2023.

Teaching methods

The Course is organized into fifteen frontal lessons of two hours that will be held during the first semester of the Academic Year 2023-2024 (first 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 study of Dante Commedia.

Assessment methods

Oral examination for all students*.

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.

During the examination will be valued the capacity to elaborate a methodological discourse and, at the same time, a critical one of the Commedia.

*Students who have never attended a Philology course will have to take a written examination before the oral examination.

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 on the program.

Office hours

See the website of Francesca Florimbii


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