IJ2A221 Textual Criticism (Filologia italiana) I

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2023
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
doc. Paolo Divizia, Dottore di Ricerca (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Paolo Divizia, Dottore di Ricerca
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Romance Languages and Literatures - Faculty of Arts
Wed 8:00–9:40 G22, except Wed 15. 11.
Prerequisites (in Czech)
( IJIA028 Bachelor's State Exam || IJ1A055 Bachelor's State Exam || IJ1A055com Bachelor's State Exam || IJ1A055mai Bachelor's State Exam || IJ1A055min Bachelor's State Exam )
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The course aims at providing a knowledge of the main topics of the subject (textual criticism and history of the transmission, the medieval book, how to prepare a critical edition, how to read a manuscript, sources and indirect transmission).
Learning outcomes
After attending the course, the student will have a general knowledge of textual criticism, and in particular of textual criticism of vernacular texts; he will be able to read a few types of ancient scripts (blackletter "rotunda", minuscola cancelleresca book hand, littera gothica cursiva "mercantesca", humanist minuscule) and to start preparing a critical edition of a text
  • The course includes: an introduction to the methods and instruments of Italian philology (textual criticism); practical exercise in reading Medieval manuscripts. Since the course is quite technical, you are strongly recommended to attend lectures. In case you don't, instead of reading manuscripts you will have to read one day (any) of the Decameron (both short-stories and the frame).
    required literature
  • Pasquale Stoppelli, Filologia della letteratura italiana, Roma, Carocci, 2008
  • CHIESA, Paolo. Elementi di critica testuale. Seconda edizione. Bologna: Pàtron editore, 2012. 231 stran. ISBN 9788855531733. info
  • Alfonso D'Agostino, Trasmissione anomala e contaminazione, Università degli studi di Milano, dispense di filologia italiana per l'a.a. 2005-06, disponibili su http://armida.unimi.it/handle/2170/528
  • Paolo Divizia, Appunti di stemmatica comparata, «Studi e Problemi di Critica Testuale», LXXVIII (2009), pp. 29-48
  • DIVIZIA, Paolo. Fenomenologia degli 'errori guida' (A phenomenology of 'significant errors' in textual criticism). Filologia e critica. Roma: Salerno Editrice, 2011, roč. XXXVI, č. 1, p. 49-74. ISSN 0391-2493. URL info
  • Cesare Segre, Lachmann et Bédier. La guerre est finie, in Actes du XXVIIe Congrès international de linguistique et de philologie romanes (Nancy, 15-20 juillet 2013), Nancy, ATILF, 2016
  • Monica Berté - Marco Petoletti, La filologia medievale e umanistica, Bologna, Il mulino, 2017
  • DIVIZIA, Paolo and Lisa PERICOLI. Il viaggio del testo, Atti del Convegno internazionale di Filologia Italiana e Romanza (Brno, 19-21 giugno 2014) (The journey of the text. Proceedings of the international conference of Italian and Romance textual critcism (Brno, 19-21 June 2014)). In Il viaggio del testo, Atti del Convegno internazionale di Filologia Italiana e Romanza (Brno, 19-21 giugno 2014). Alessandria: Edizioni dell'Orso, 2017. 568 pp. ISBN 978-88-6274-771-4. URL info
  • DIVIZIA, Paolo. Testo, microtesto, macrotesto e supertesto : per una filologia dei manoscritti miscellanei (Text, microtext, macrotext and supertext : for a textual philology of manuscript miscellanies). In Frédéric Duval; Leonardi, Lino; Trachsler, Richard. Actes du XXVIIe Congrès international de linguistique et de philologie romanes (Nancy, 15-20 juillet 2013). Section 13. Philologie textuelle et éditoriale. Nancy: ATILF, 2017. p. 105-114. ISBN 979-1-09-146029-3. Plný text info
  • DIVIZIA, Paolo. Texts and Transmission in Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Italian Multi-text Codices. In Bart Besamusca, Matthias Meyer, Karen Pratt, Ad Putter. The Dynamics of the Medieval Manuscript : Text Collections from a European Perspective. 1. Auflage. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2017. p. 101-110. ISBN 978-3-8471-0754-5. programme of the congress Plný text project website info
  • REYNOLDS, L. D. and N. G. WILSON. Scribes and scholars : a guide to the transmission of Greek and Latin literature. 4th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. ix, 325. ISBN 9780199686339. info
  • REEVE, Michael D. Manuscripts and methods : essays on editing and transmission. 1a ed. Roma: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2011. xvii, 430. ISBN 9788863723021. info
Teaching methods
Lecture: description of the scientific discipline and its method, explanation and definition of basic notions and their demonstration on concrete texts by concrete authors. Seminar: Application of the acquired theoretical knowledge on authentic texts. In the form of a presentation the students show their capability to connect their theoretical knowledge while working with a concrete text.
Assessment methods
The exam includes the complete programme of the subject such as provided in the lectures held during the semester (including lectures given by guest lecturers, and references to topics covered in the previous semester if the subject has the number II in its title) and in a manual on the subject to choose from among those listed. The final grade will also take into account the work done by students during the semester and their active participation in the course.
Attendance is compulsory.
Maximum number of unjustified absences: 3. Late arrival, i.e. when the lecture has already started, will be marked as an absence. Doing other things, not relevant to the subject, during the classes (such as chatting, reading/sending email, browsing the internet, watching films/videos) will also be considered as an absence.
Arriving late at the exam may result in non-admission to the exam.
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Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
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