10516 - Philology of Italian Literature

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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

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

The Course includes two sections:

the first section (Section a) will provide a Guide on Italian Philology of the Texts of Italian Litterature (30 hours);

the second section (Section b) will focus on Boccaccio and his Decameron, with special regard to manuscripts (30 hours).


Section a: Philology of the copy and Author philology, transmission, variants.

Bruno Bentivogli, Francesca Florimbii, Paola Vecchi Galli, Filologia italiana. Seconda edizione, Milano, Pearson, 2021.


Section b: Giovanni Boccaccio. Decameron

Giovanni Boccaccio, Decameron, ed. by Maurizio Fiorilla, Amedeo Quondam, Giancarlo Alfano, Milano, Mondadori (BUR-ADI), 2017.

Non-attending students will have to complete the program with the study of R. Brigantini, Il Decameron e il Medioevo rivoluzionario di Boccaccio, Roma, Carocci, 2022.

Teaching methods

The Course consists of 30 frontal lessons (60 hours) in the second semester (2021-2022). In class, the teacher will turn questions to the students to solicit them to the maturation of a critical language and will develop exercises in oral form and writing. The lessons will present materials of support (powerpoint, digital images, databases, ebooks) that will be available online or on the website of the teacher.

Assessment methods

During the oral examination, the teacher will appraise the linguistic and critical ability to elaborate a coherent philological and interpretative discourse. The questions regard the main sections of the Course: philology of the copy, author philology, preparation of a critical edition (in particular, Boccaccio's Decameron).

Are appreciated and positively valued:

a) correctness and quality of the answer

b) close examination of the subject

c) correctness of language.

Teaching tools

Frontal lessons, including oral and written applications, and Seminar.

The teacher is to disposition, in the hours of reception and before or after the lessons, to furnish papers or further elucidations on the examination and on the program.

Office hours

See the website of Francesca Florimbii