Learning outcomes of the course unit
The specialized teaching of Italian Philology will allow students an understanding of the critical methods of philology and of the criticism of the variants applied to one of the most important texts of the Italian poetic tradition.
Applied knowledge and understanding:the
students will be able to apply the knowledge and understanding necessary to use critical editions in the field of author philology. During the lessons students will learn to confront themselves with concrete cases in order to put into practice the notions received which they will then apply in the individual exercise to be taken to the exam.
Autonomy of judgment:
students will develop the ability to interpret data useful for determining independent judgments in the critical debate on the discipline, and to evaluate the various reconstructive and representative proposals of the critical editions addressed.
thanks to the analysis and comparison of various critical-interpretative proposals, students will be able to organize information, ideas, problems and solutions necessary to face and communicate philological-critical problems in the field of author philology and criticism of variants. Individual work prepared for the exam will provide an opportunity to illustrate the degree of competence and autonomy acquired.
thanks to the general layout of the course that provides the basics of the discipline, students will develop learning skills necessary to complete autonomously, further philological studies.
A good knowledge of the history of the italian language and of the history of italian literature and fundamental notions of Italian philology are required.
Course contents summary
Leopardi 1818-1823. After an introduction to the methods and purposes of author philology, and to a general overview of the critical editions of Leopardi's Canti, the course will be devoted to the analysis of texts composed by Leopardi between 1818 and 1823 (first idylls and Canzoni). The texts will be read and analyzed with particular attention to their ecdotic representation. The students will choose a text on which to carry out in-depth work using the critical editions and a specific bibliography provided by the teacher. The texts commented in class and the relative bibliography will be provided at the beginning of the courses and uploaded to the Elly portal
All the students are required to study the following texts:
P. Italia, G. Raboni, Che cos’è la filologia d’autore, Roma, Carocci, 2010;
1. P. Italia, G. Raboni, Che cos’è la filologia d’autore, Roma, Carocci, 2010;
2. F. Gavazzeni, L’unità dei «Canti»: varianti e strutture, in Giacomo Leopardi, Canti, Milano, BUR, 1998, pp. 5-44
3. Luigi Blasucci, I tempi dei «Canti». Nuovi studi leopardiani, Torino, Einaudi, 1996,pp. 177-218
4. Luigi Blasucci, Morfologia delle Canzoni, in Id., I tempi dei Canti. Nuovi studi leopardiani, Torino, Einaudi, 1996, pp. 3-43
5. Marco Santagata, Le canzoni come «romanzo ideologico», in Id., Quella celeste naturalezza. Le canzoni e gli idilli di Leopardi, Bologna, il Mulino, 1994, pp. 15-44 e Id., Dagli idilli all’idillio, ivi, pp. 135-169.
6. Paola Italia, La formazione dei libri delle Canzoni e I tre tempi degli «Idilli» in Ead., Il metodo di Leopardi. Varianti e stile nella formazione delle Canzoni, Roma, Carocci, 2016, pp. 33-43 e 147-183.
The texts and materials used in the lessons will be indicated at the beginning of the course and uploaded to the Elly platform.
In the first part of the course the frontal lessons of introduction to the discipline will be accompanied by the reading and transcription of autographs and delineation of the critical apparatus. The second part will be devoted to an introduction to the Canti and to the reading and analysis in particular of the texts composed between 1818 and 1823 (Canzoni e Quaderno dei Idilli)
Assessment methods and criteria
The final exam will consist of an oral interview in which the student will have to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the methods and purposes of author philology, of Leopard's Canti and of its critical editions and in particular of the texts analyzed in class. For attending students the evaluation of the presentation will be part of the final judgement. A student who demonstrates 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 recommended. Students who are unable to attend must contact the professor.
Exam dates: as published in the calendar