84042 - Italian Literature Preserved in a Manuscript Tradition

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

Quality education Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students should know the most important problems about italian literary manuscripts, from the Middle Age to the XX century. They will be able to discuss authors and texts, to put them in historical perspective, and to improve their cultural competency about reading, copying and publishing the literary manuscripts of the italian tradition.

Course contents

Part 1.The literary manuscripts: production and transmission.

Part 2.Techniques of conservation and edition: an introduction to italian philology.


a.Part 1

Alfredo Stussi, Introduzione agli studi di filologia italiana, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2015 (1983).


Pasquale Stoppelli, Filologia della letteratura italiana, Roma, Carocci, 2019.

b.Part 2

Slides and notes from the lessons will be procured online, at the end of the course, on the website virtuale.unibo.it.

N.B. Students that don't attend the lectures must also read the two following texts:

Paola Italia, Editing Novecento, Roma-Napoli, Salerno editrice, 2013.

Alberto Varvaro, Prima lezione di filologia, Bari, Laterza, 2012.

Teaching methods

The lectures will focus on general problems concerning italian philology. In the second part of the course, we will read and analyze some exemplary italian text.

A part of the course, for attending students, will be held in e-learning mode: during the first lesson, the teacher will explain the use of the Virtual platform and of the teaching materials.

Assessment methods

The oral exam will concern the most important problems and authors of the italian manuscripts presented in the teacher's lectures, and analysed in the recommended readings. Part 1: italian philology. Part 2: exemplary texts: production, transmission and edition.

The overall result of the exam will be insufficient in case of linguistic and expressive deficiencies, as well as failure or erroneous comment on the texts in the program; sufficient in case of correct linguistic expression, possession of basic manual knowledge and understanding of manuscript literature in its chronological development; good in case of good expression and safe knowledge of the texts in the program; excellent in case of excellent expressive skills and in-depth knowledge of the texts in the program.

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