10516 - Italian Literature Philology

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student will know the general outline of the main issues about critical editions in the Italian literary tradition and the principles of textual criticism. The student is able to use the knowledge acquired on specific textual questions.

Course contents

Students of Filologia della letteratura italiana:

introduction to textual criticism:

the tradition and the critical edition of Italian authors.


Students of Letteratura italiana 2:


Nicolò Machiavelli, Dell'arte della guerra; Del modo di trattare i popoli della Valdichiana ribellati

Giordano Bruno, Cabala del cavallo pegaseo

Ugo Foscolo, Ultime lettere di Jacopo Ortis

Sibilla Aleramo, Una donna


Filologia della letteratura italiana: one at the choice of these three

A. STUSSI, Introduzione agli studi di filologia italiana, Bologna, il Mulino, 2007, pp. 13-146.
G. CONTINI, Breviario di ecdotica, Torino, Einaudi, 1990, pp. 3-66.
A. Varvaro, Prima lezione di filologia, Bari, Laterza, 2012.

Letteratura italiana 2:

Nicolò Machiavelli, Dell'arte della guerra, in Scritti politici minori, a cura di J.J. Marchand, D. Fachard, G. Masi, Roma, Salerno editrice, 2001.

Nicolò Machiavelli, Del modo di trattare i popoli della Valdichiana ribellati, in Scritti politici minori, a cura di J.J. Marchand, D. Fachard, G. Masi, Roma, Salerno edidrice, 2001.

Giordano Bruno, Cabala del cavallo pegaseo, in Dialoghi filosofici italiani, a cura e con un saggio introduttivo di M. Ciliberto, Milano, Mondadori, 2000

Ugo Foscolo, Ultime lettere di Jacopo Ortis, a cura di Giovanna Ioli, Torino, Einaudi, 2015

Sibilla Aleramo, Una donna, Milano, Feltrinelli, 2015

Teaching methods

Frontal lessons and seminars

Assessment methods

Oral test. During the test the student must demonstrate knowledge of concepts related to the studied philological problems and must know how to apply the philological and methodological knowledge in the field of analysis of texts.

The evaluation of the students' competencies and abilities acquired during the course consists of an oral test, i.e. an oral interview which has the aim of evaluating the critical and methodological ability of the students. The students will be invited to discuss the texts on the course programme. The student must demonstrate an appropriate knowledge of the bibliography in the course programme.

Those students who are able to demonstrate a wide and systematic understanding of the issues covered during the lessons, are able to use these critically and who master the field-specific language of the discipline will be given a mark of excellence.

Those students who demonstrate a mnemonic knowledge of the subject with a more superficial analytical ability and ability to synthesize, a correct command of the language but not always appropriate, will be given a ‘fair' mark.

A superficial knowledge and understanding of the material, a scarce analytical and expressive ability that is not always appropriate will be rewarded with a pass mark or just above a pass mark.

Students who demonstrate gaps in their knowledge of the subject matter, inappropriate language use, lack of familiarity with the literature in the programme bibliography will not be given a pass mark.

Office hours

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