ROM2B108 Romance Philology (Filologia romanza) B

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2024
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
Thu 8:00–9:40 D21, except Thu 18. 4.
Knowledge of Italian (lectures will be given in Italian language) and at least another Romance language among Spanish, Catalan, French, Provençal.
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
Course objectives
The course aims at showing with practical exercises how to prepare a critical edition of a text and to analyse and solve concrete problems of textual criticism about texts written in the Middle ages in Romance languages. We will work with digital reproductions of medieval manuscripts and early prints.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student will be able to work independently on medieval and renaissance manuscripts written in Romance vernacular languages: reading, transcribing and preparing the edition of a single manuscript; fulfilling the recension and the emendatio; solving complex issues about the relationships between manuscript witnesses to a text; preparing a critical edition of a text by working on multiple witnesses.
  • The course includes commented readings of medieval texts written in different Romance languages. Since the course is quite technical, you are strongly reccomended to attend lectures.
    required literature
  • Paolo Divizia, Appunti di stemmatica comparata, «Studi e Problemi di Critica Testuale», LXXVIII (2009), pp. 29-48
  • Paolo Divizia, Il «Tresor» di Brunetto Latini tra fonti e volgarizzamenti: il caso della «Formula vitae honestae», in Culture, livelli di cultura e ambienti nel Medioevo occidentale, atti del IX Convegno della Società Italiana di Filologia Romanza (Bolog
  • Paolo Trovato, Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Lachmann's Method, Padova, edizioni, 2014
  • Alberto Blecua, Manual de crítica textual, Madrid, Castalia, 1983
  • Monica Berté - Marco Petoletti, La filologia medievale e umanistica, Bologna, Il mulino, 2017
  • David Trotter, Manuel de la philologie de l'édition, Berlin-Boston, De Gruyter, 2015
  • 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
  • RENZI, Lorenzo and Alvise ANDREOSE. Manuale di linguistica e filologia romanza. 3a ed. Bologna: Mulino, 2009, 308 s. ISBN 9788815133441. info
    not specified
  • Philipp Roelli, Handbook of Stemmatology. History, Methodology, Digital Approaches, Berlin-Boston, De Gruyter, 2020
  • BELTRAMI, Pietro G. A che serve un'edizione critica? : leggere i testi della letteratura romanza medievale. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2010, 231 s. ISBN 9788815138224. info
  • STOPPELLI, Pasquale. Filologia della letteratura italiana. Roma: Carocci, 2008. info
  • TAGLIAVINI, Carlo. Le origini delle lingue neolatine : introduzione alla filologia romanza. 6 ed. interamente rielaborat. Bologna: Pàtron, 1982, xlii, 681. ISBN 8855504657. info
Teaching methods
The entire course will be in the form of a seminar: we will work on medieval manuscripts and early prints (facsimiles) and read specialistic articles. Seminar: Application on authentic texts (manuscripts and early prints) of the theoretical knowledge acquired during the first semester. Students will have to 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, surfing 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.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2023, Spring 2025.
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