LMD_001 Textual Criticism I

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2023
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 15 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
doc. PhDr. Hana Bočková, Dr. (lecturer)
Mgr. Vlastimil Brom, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. Mgr. Pavel Kosek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Petra Mutlová, M.A., Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. Mgr. Pavel Kosek, Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies – Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies – Faculty of Arts
Fri 10:00–13:40 A22
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to introduce practical principles of textual criticism with special regards to medieval manuscript material of Bohemian origin. It will familiarise students with the most important methodological approaches of traditional and modern textual criticism with regards to medieval Latin, Czech and German material.
Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:
- describe the most important approaches of textual criticism to medieval manuscript material
- understand the differences and specifics of medieval primary sources written in various languages with regards to their critical editions
- explain differences in editing various types of historical texts
- apply the most appropriate method of modern textual criticism to historical unedited sources
  • Traditional textual criticism versus textology (Lachmann, Maas, Bédier, Lichačev); New Philology; Digital Turn
  • Medieval manuscript material and its specific features: the concept of authorial intention, mouvance, variance, contamination of manuscripts, specific features of Latin manuscripts
  • Specific features and traditions of editing old Czech texts: a) Old Czech and Early Modern Czech texts; b) printed and manuscript texts
  • Various traditions of book culture in the manuscript and print culture. Relationship between the development of typography and ortography. Editing texts with long text tradition.
  • Specific philological traditions in editing medieval German texts; the problem of linguistic standardisation - concept of the so-called classical Middle High German
    required literature
  • MAAS, Paul. Textkritik. Einleitung in die altertumswissenschaft. 1960. info
  • Nichols, Stephen G. „Introduction: Philology in a Manuscript Culture.” Speculum. A Journal of Medieval Studies 65/1 (1990): 1–10
    recommended literature
  • TROVATO, Paolo. Everything you always wanted to know about Lachmann's method : a non-standard handbook of genealogical textual criticism in the age of Post-Structuralism, cladistics, and copy-text. Edited by Michael D. Reeve. Prima edizione. Padova: Libreriauniversitaria.it edizioni, 2014, 355 stran. ISBN 9788862925280. info
  • Valášek, Martin. Jindy a nyní. (K historii vydávání raně novověkých česky psaných textů). Listy filologické, 123, 2000, s. 149–156.
  • Daňhelka, Jiří. Směrnice pro vydávání starších českých textů. Husitský Tábor, 8, 1985, s. 285–301.
  • Vašák, Pavel. Textologie. Teorie a ediční praxe. Praha: UK, 1993.
  • Handbook of stemmatology : history, methodology, digital approaches. Edited by Philipp Roelli. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2020, vi, 688. ISBN 9783110674170. info
  • ČEŠKA, Josef. Textová kritika ve filologické praxi. Vyd. 1. Brno: UJEP Brno, 1973, 70 s. info
    not specified
  • Vintr, Josef. Zásady transkripce českých textů z barokní doby. Listy filologické, 121, 1998, s. 341–346.
  • Havel, Rudolf et al. Editor a text: úvod do praktické textologie. 2. vyd. Praha - Litomyšl: Paseka, 2006.
  • Králík, Stanislav (ed.). 1981. Otázky současné komeniologie. Praha: Academia.
Teaching methods
Seminars and seminar discussions; conscientious reading of assigned secondary literature; presentation of a research question based on a textual source of one's own choice.
Assessment methods
Colloquy. Deadline for the written assignement: 31. 1. 2024, followed by an oral discussion (date to be assigned individually).
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught once in two years.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Autumn 2021.
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