Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course offers a technical introduction to textual criticism, enabling the students to analyse and interpret the critical apparatus of an edition and focusing the linguistic and stylistic features of the texts, both in prose and in poetry
Have earned 10 credits in the subject area of Latin Language and Literature; those who have already earned 15 credits in this subject area must pass a preliminary written exam.
Course contents summary
Modes of metatheatre in Plutus's and Terence's comedies
Various forms of metatheatre - or play within the play - emerge throughout the whole history of Roman comedy: among them the interaction between characters and audience, the emphasis on the play as performance, the identification between playwright and character. The course highlights the difference in Plautus's and Terence' approach.
L.D. Reynolds, N.G. Wilson, Copisti e Filologi. La tradizione dei classici dall’antichità ai tempi moderni, Padova 1987
M.L. West, Critica del testo e tecnica dell’edizione, Palermo 1991.
D’A.S. Avalle, Principi di critica testuale, Padova 1978
Marina Scialuga, Introduzione allo studio della filologia classica, Alessandria 2003
M.Barchiesi, Plauto e il metateatro antico, ora in I moderni alla ricerca di Enea,Roma 1981, 147-174.
L. Cicu, Spectator in fabula,”Sandalion” 18, 1995, 67-113.
Classroom lectures and execises plus weekly tutorials
The exam consists of an interview covering syllabus topics and presentation of an individual research project agreed upon with the course professor