Learning outcomes of the course unit
The specialistic course of italian philology will provide the student with an understanding of the critical methods of author philology. In particular the study of the evolution of some of the greatest masterpeices of the Italian literature will allow an understanding of the relationship between the evolution of a work and its historic 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 methods and purposes of author philology, the course will be dedicated to the analysis of paradigm cases. During the lessons the students will be guided in the reading and transcription of autographs and in the formalization of critical apparatuses. In particular the second part of the lessons will be focused on the analysis of the critical editions of the Promessi sposi. The students will have to prepare a short presentation about one of the cases discussed during the lessons, with autonomous research. The presentations will be considered part of the final exam.
All the students are required to study the following texts:
P. Italia, G. Raboni, Che cos’è la filologia d’autore, Roma, Carocci, 2010;
A. Stussi, Introduzione alla filologia italiana, Bologna, Il Mulino, the section dedicated to the author's philology;
C. Giunta, Prestigio storico dei testimoni, “Anticomoderno”, 3, 1997, pp. 169-98.
G. Raboni, Come lavorava Manzoni, Roma, Carocci, 2017
G. Raboni, Introduzione a Alessandro Manzoni, Gli Sposi promessi, Milano, Casa del Manzoni, 2012 (https://www.academia.edu/10587647/Introduzione_a_A._Manzoni_Gli_Sposi_pr...)
The students are besides attended to have a good knowledge of the Promessi sposi and a general competence on the life and works of Alessandro Manzoni that should be prepared on a History of litterature.. Attending students will receive supplementary bibliography for their presentation during the lessons.
In addition to the frontal lessons dedicated to an introduction of the literary context, and in particular to Manzoni’s works, the students will be will be guided in the reading and transcription of autographs and in the formalization of critical apparatuses. Every student will have to prepare a presentation consisting in the transcription of a part from the text and in the evaluation of its variants. The presentations will be discussed during the final lessons,
Assessment methods and criteria
The final exam will be an oral interview in which the students will have to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the methods and purposes of author philology and of the work of Alessandro Manzoni. For attending students the evaluation of the presentation will be part of the final judgement. A student who will demonstrate deficiencies in the knowledge of the literary context or in the methodology of philology will not be considered sufficient. A student proving basic knowledge of the fundamental concepts will be considered sufficient (18-21), a good (22-26) or very good (27-30 cum laude) evaluation will come in proportion to the ability of autonomous elaboration.
Attendance is strongly recommended. Students who are unable to attend must contact the professor.