10516 - Philology of Italian Literature (A-L)

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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 2022/2023

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 Pascoli and his Canti di Castelvecchio, 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;


Francesco Bausi, La filologia italiana, Bologna, il Mulino, 2022.

Section b: Giovanni Pascoli and the writing of the Canti di Castelvecchio

Giovanni Pascoli, Canti di Castelvecchio, ed. by Nadia Ebani, Scandicci, La Nuova Italia, 2001, 2 voll. (the study modalities of the critical edition will be illustrated during the lessons and published in virtuale.unibo.it).

Non-attending students will have to complete the program with the commentary on the Canti di Castelvecchio (15 Canti to be chosen), by Francesca Latini, in Giovanni Pascoli, Poesie I, ed. by Ivanos Ciani e Francesca Latini, Torino, UTET, 2002, pp. 537-991.

Teaching methods

The Course consists of 30 frontal lessons (60 hours) in the second semester (2022-2023). 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, Pascoli's Canti di Castelvecchio).

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