00381 - Romance Philology (M -Z)

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course the student has the knowledge of the Romance literatures (especially of the Middle Ages) and the Romance languages (from the origins to the present day) learned in a comparative perspective. The student also acquires notions about the position of Italian among the Romance languages and their expansion in Europe and worldwide, as well as textual philology issues, including the literary communication and semiotics. He also develops the ability to make use of the tools of the discipline (dictionaries, grammars, databases, etc.), to read the sources (through ancient manuscripts and critical editions) and to apply them to the analysis of texts.

Course contents

The course is divided into three parts (60 hours of classes for 12 CFU) and classes will start on February 4, 20 (timetable: Monday, h. 15-17, via Zamboni 38, aula VI; Tuesday, h. 15-17, via Zamboni 38, aula VI; Wednesday, h. 13-15, via Zamboni 38, aula VI). Students who choose the 6 CFU course can attend the firts part of the classes (4.2. 2019-6.3. 2019).

Learning outcomes

The student has the knowledge of the Romance literatures (especially of the Middle Ages) and the Romance languages (from the origins to the present day) learned in a comparative perspective. The student also acquires notions about the position of Italian among the Romance languages and the expansion of these in Europe and worldwide, as well as textual philology issues, including the literary communication and semiotics.

The course

The course does not require prior knowledge of ancient Romance languages. The texts analyzed in class will always be read also in Italian translation; the original texts will be read with the tutor's guide and introduced in such a way as to ensure everyone's understanding. Frequency is strongly recommended. The course is divided into three parts (A, B, C), which correspond to the parts of the bibliography useful for the preparation of the exam:

A – Fundamentals of Romance Philology

In the first part, the Professor will provide the notions of the discipline's foundation (modern philology, vulgar Latin, history and evolution of Italian and Romance languages, reading and commentary of some of the oldest texts, comparative method, manuscript's tradition and interpretation, etc.) along with rudiments of linguistics, metrics and rhetoric.

B – Novel, lyrics, epic: reading and interpretation of the most beautiful pages of Langue d'oc and d'oïl

In the second part, based on the philological reading of selected texts, some of the masterpieces of the romance literature of modern Europe will be studied. The characters of Rolando and Tristano and Isotta, Lancillotto and Perceval, but also of Alexander the Great and King Lear, along with the figures of the first poets (Trobadours and ancient Italian poets, especially those read by Dante, Petrarca and Boccaccio) will also provide the opportunity to explore different literary genres (epic, novel, love poem). At the same time, the class will study written and figurative expressions (i.e. parts of selected modern texts, cinematic and theatrical expressions). These expressions mantain a significant amount of medieval forms and to this day contribute to the extraordinary vitality of Europe and worldwide.

C – Literary works through the ages: exercises in textual criticism.

Students will learn about problems and methods of medieval textual criticism, with particular regard to the autography. It is possible, in addiction to the oral examination, to write and submit a paper on an agreed subject. At the end of the course students can practice on manuscripts of Bibilioteca Universitaria di Bologna.

Readings/Bibliography

Bibliography for attending students

Attending students will prepare the final exam following this bibliography with the support of materials and notes provided in class:

A. P. Beltrami, La filologia romanza, Bologna, il Mulino, 2017 and a collection of handouts edited by the Professor (printed by Bonomo editore-Bologna, in hard copy and e-book).

B. P. Gresti (a cura di), Antologia delle letterature romanze del Medioevo, Bologna, Pàtron, 2011 (only the texts read in class). The text A. Roncaglia, La lingua dei trovatori. Profilo di grammatica storica, Edizioni dell’Ateneo, 1999 will provide students the tools to study Langue d'oc poems. Students will also choose an essay among the following: L. Formisano, La lirica romanza nel Medioevo, Bologna, il Mulino, 2012; U. Mölk, La lirica dei trovatori, Bologna, il Mulino, 1996; C. Di Girolamo, I trovatori, Torino, Bollati Boringhieri, 1989; M. De Riquer, Leggere i trovatori (ediz. it. a cura di M. Bonafin), Macerata, eum, 2012.

C. G. Brunetti, Autografi francesi medievali, Roma, Salerno Editrice, 2013.

Additional bibliography for non-attending students

Non-attending students will prepare the final exam following the previous bibliography with the support of these additional readings:

I. M. Barbato, Le lingue romanze. Profilo storico-comparativo, Bari, Laterza, 2017.

II. P. Gresti (a cura di), Antologia delle letterature romanze del Medioevo, Bologna, Pàtron, 2011 (the entire book) e AA.VV., I poeti della Scuola siciliana, Milano, Mondadori, 2008, vol. II (the entire book).

III. G. Inglese, Come si legge un’edizione critica, Roma, carocci, 2006.

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Schedule

Classes will start on February 4, 2019.

Monday, h. 15-17, via Zamboni 38, aula VI

Tuesday, h. 15-17, via Zamboni 38, aula VI

Wednesday, h. 13-15, via Zamboni 38, aula VI

Teaching methods

- Lectures and seminars.

- Philological reading and commentary of texts, investigated in their historical genesis and transmission.

- Discussion of the methods, assumptions and different interpretations of the main critical lines.

- Students can apply for specific bibliographies and specially set up laboratories. There will be individual tutoring.

Assessment methods

- Oral examination.

- The student must demonstrate, with command of language, they have studied all the parts of the program.

- In the interview, the Professor will assess the learning outcomes and the critical capacity of the student. The student have to be able to read, comment philologically and interpret literary texts in the program, with clarity and relevance. The student will be provided with at least two textual samples among those examined during classes.

- Along with the historical understanding of the text and in particular of the literary genre studied, the student will have to demonstrate competence in methods and problems of romance philology, comparative argumentation skills, and good command of the specific vocabulary of modern editorial practice.

- If the student has decided to submit a written essay, evaluation will include oral presentation in front of his mates. The Professor will judge the ability of synthesis, the correct use of language, coherence of argument, as well as contents and form of the paper (submitted ten days before the oral presentation).

- The oral exam will be divided in: 1. Development of a topic covered in Part I. Fundamentals of Romance Philology; 2. Reading and commenting of one or two texts studied in class; 3. Development of a topic covered in Part III. Textual Criticism with discussion of the chosen essays.

Evaluation parameters:

- Insufficient vote: absence or strong lack of basic knowledge and lack of the ability to read and analyse texts;

- Sufficient vote (18): possession of basic notions and sufficient understanding of the texts;

- Positive vote (from 19 to 25): possession of intermediate level of knowldge; correct but not thorough ability in reading texts, sufficient capacity of connection between the different contents, essentially correct expression but with some imprecisions;

- More than positive vote (from 26 to 28): possessing good and articulated knowledge; correct language; discrete critical ability;

- Excellent vote (from 29 to 30L): possessing more than good knowledge; precision, maturity of expression and in-depth analysis; great autonomy in data re-elaboration and the ability to connect content; critical ability and mastery in reading, translation and philological commentary texts. Honours will be given only to students who will demonstrate a complete and solid knowledge of the program, critical ability, autonomy and brilliant and organic exposure of acquired knowledge.

Teaching tools

Paper and digital reproductions of manuscripts, databases, lexicons and instruments for philological research. Lessons can be supported by powerpoint or short movies.

For further informations see the link below

http://www.unibo.it/SitoWebDocente/default.aspx?UPN=giuseppina.brunetti%40unibo.it

Office hours

See the website of Brunetti Giuseppina

Links to further information

http://www.unibo.it/SitoWebDocente/default.aspx?UPN=giuseppina.brunetti%40unibo.it

Office hours

See the website of Giuseppina Brunetti