32601 - Germanic Philology 2 (2nd cycle)

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  • Teacher Davide Bertagnolli

  • Credits 6

  • SSD L-FIL-LET/15

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Modern, Post-Colonial and Comparative Literatures (cod. 0981)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale

  • Course Timetable from Feb 07, 2022 to Mar 09, 2022


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

Quality education

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The student has deep knowledge of the history of old Germanic literatures which he/she knows through the direct reading of the sources. He/she can analyze a literary text through a solid linguistic and philological methodology. He/she has high-degree capacities in critical comprehension and analysis of Old Germanic cultural characteristics and can elaborate complex analysis, formulatingautonomous ideas about specific research areas.

Course contents

Reading and Translating Middle High German

In this course we will be dealing with the Middle High German language in order to learn how to read from a manuscript, to transcribe from it and finally to translate the text into Italian. The first lesson will be dedicated to the Middle High German grammar; afterwards, we will concentrate on paleography and start to transcribe from a codex and translate the text. The course will enable students to work on a medieval text in a direct way and will give them the possibility to practice on translation.


- Text uploaded online on the website of the course.

- Wegere, K.P. / Schultz-Balluff, S. / Barts, N., Mittelhochdeutsch als fremde Sprache, Erich Schmidt Verlag, 2019.

Non-attending students have to contact Prof. Bertagnolli in order to define an exam bibliography.

Teaching methods

The course will be structured as a seminar. From the very beginning, we will translate from Middle High German, dividing the class into little working groups. The teacher will follow every group and help in case of difficulties. I suggest to attend classes with a laptop, tablet or mobile in order to have access to online dictionaries.

You are strongly recommended to attend and actively participate in all of your classes as this is a key learning component of the course.

Assessment methods

There will be a written exam with a short transcription and a short translation from Middle High German into Italian.

Teaching tools

Multimedia material

Office hours

See the website of Davide Bertagnolli