German Philology (2013/2014)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Maria Adele Cipolla
Maria Adele Cipolla
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
I semestre dal Oct 1, 2013 al Jan 11, 2014.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

This course will shed light on the introduction of writing into the vernacular traditions of Europe, and on the history of the production, diffusion and preservation of medieval handwritten book, through some noteworthy examples from the Germanic literatures of the Middle Ages (above all from English and German literary documents). The methodical issues involved in this ‘history of medieval text publishing’ encompasses textual criticism, paleography, codicology, book-production history, library history. The selected manuscript instances are devoted to illustrate the interplay between literary genres and audience, and the book sorts among handwritten artifacts. A specific section of the course will consider the introduction of writing and the resulting book production and conservation, from the point of view of communication science, touching some clues concerning digital editing.


Manoscritti analizzati
(in ordine alfabetico, secondo le biblioteche)

- Berlin, Staatsbibliothek, mgf. 282
- Kassel, Universitätsbibl. / LMB, 2° Ms. theol. 54
- London, British Library, Cotton Vitellius A xv (Nowell Codex)
- Oxford, Bodleian Library, Ms. Junius 11
THOMAS BEIN, Introduzione alla critica dei testi tedeschi medievali, Pisa, ETS (pp. 13-27)
PETER S. BAKER, Introduction to Old English, 3rd ed. (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), Chapter 16. Old English in Its Material Context
ANNA MARIA LUISELLI FADDA, Tradizioni manoscritte e critica del testo nel Medioevo germanico, Roma-Bari, Laterza (pp. 21-83, 113-179, 243-253)
DOMENICO FIORMONTE, Scrittura e filologia nell'era digitale, Torino, Bollati Boringhieri, 2003 (cap. I: Temi e paradigmi della rivoluzione tecnologica, pp. 23-53)

MARIA VITTORIA MOLINARI, La filologia germanica, Bologna, Zanichelli (pp. 1-23, 91-145)

La bibliografia di riferimento potrà essere integrata dall’analisi di altri documenti manoscritti, che verranno segnalati online, a integrazione di questo programma, durante lo svolgimento del corso.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam, with the possibility of a medium-term test on the point 1 of the bibliography