Learning outcomes of the course unit
The specialistic course of Italian philology will allow the student a comprehension of the critical methods of philology and the variants critic. In particular the study of the work of Manzoni will give an understanding of the fundamental connection between the literary work and its historical and linguistic context
A good knowledge of the history of the italian language and of the history of italian literature is required.
Course contents summary
After an introduction to the work of Alessandro Manzoni, with particular reference to the years dedicated to the Promessi sposi (1821-1827) and an exemplification of the methods and the purposes of the author philology, the course will focus on the study of the various stages of the manuscripts redaction of the Colonna Infame, so as to sudy its genesis and correction process, and to appreciate its importance both from the historical and the stylistic and linguistic point of view.
P. Italia, G. Raboni, Che cos’è la filologia d’autore, Roma, Carocci, 2010;
Angelo Stella, Manzoni, in Storia della Letteratura italiana , diretta da Enrico Malato, vol. VII Il primo Ottocento, Roma, Salerno Editrice, 1998;
Alessandro Manzoni, Storia della Colonna Infame, a cur di Carla Riccardi, Milano, Centro Nazionale Studi Manzoniani, 2002;
Alessandro Manzoni, Storia della Colonna Infame, in I promessi sposi 1840, a cura di S. S. Nigro con la collaborazione di E. Paccagnini, Milano, Mondadori, 2002.
Besides frontal lessons introducting the work of the author and the historical and literary context, practical exercise on reading and transcribing from the autographs will be undertaken. Each student will be required to produce a short essay ,consisting of the transcription of a passage and evaluation of the variants, to be discussed during the last lessons.
Assessment methods and criteria
The final proof will consist of an oral examination in which the student will be required to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the period taken into account,of the work of Manzoni in general and of the Storia della colonna infame, regarding both the contenutistic? And the textual aspects. A student demonstrating incomplete knowledge of the literary context or of the philological method will not be judged sufficient.