The course aims at providing the methodological grounds to evaluate textual transmission and build a modern critical edition; alongside with a brief history of the various forms of text production and diffusion, the course will introduce the main criteria of text reconstruction and restoration and explain their linguistic implications. The second part of the course aims at introducing the various aspects and problems related to the analysis of vernacular texts and their transmission, illustrating the main criteria of textual reconstruction and editorial technique; due attention will be paid to the complex relationship between philological reconstruction and interpretation of text, the choice of a copy-text and the different methods in granting linguistic credibility to literary works edited from non-autograph sources.
The exam will be taken as a viva
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