Germanic Philology (Manuscript and Textual Studies) (2016/2017)

Course partially running (all years except the first)



Course code
4S002988
Credits
6
Coordinator
Maria Adele Cipolla
Academic sector
L-FIL-LET/15 - GERMANIC PHILOLOGY
Language of instruction
English
Teaching is organised as follows:
Activity Credits Period Academic staff Timetable
Lezioni 5 I SEMESTRE Maria Adele Cipolla
Esercitazioni 1 I SEMESTRE Maria Adele Cipolla

Lesson timetable

I SEMESTRE
Activity Day Time Type Place Note
Lezioni Monday 3:10 PM - 4:50 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.10  
Lezioni Tuesday 3:10 PM - 4:50 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.10  

Learning outcomes

Germanic sources to the Alexander Legend in the Middle Ages. Intertexuality, Literary Genres, Relationships among Different Linguistic Areas

Syllabus

SYLLABUS

FIRST PART (3 weeks = 12 hours): Introduction to Germanic Philology

Historical Linguistics
Indo-European Languages
Germanic Languages
Old Norse
Introduction to Textual Criticism

- Baldi, Philip, 2008. English as an Indo-European Language, in Momma, Haruko, and Michael Matto, eds. A Companion to the History of the English Language, Oxford, Blackwell-Wiley, pp. 127–141

- Driscoll, Matthew J. 2010. ‘The words on the page: Thoughts on philology, old and new’, in Quinn, J. and E. Lethbridge, eds., Creating the Medieval Saga: Versions, Variability, and Editorial Interpretations of Old Norse Saga Literature, Odense, University Press of Southern Denmark, pp. 87-104
https://www.academia.edu/13048340/The_words_on_the_page_Thoughts_on_philology_old_and_new

- E. König - J. van der Auwera (eds.), The Germanic Languages, London-New York: Routledge, 1994, The Germanic Languages, pp. 1-18
(biblioteca Busch: GER LT 355; biblioteca Frinzi: BF 180 C3)


SECOND PART (5 weeks = 20 hours): Introduction to Old Norse

Historical Background: the Colonization and Conversion of Iceland
Old Norse Literacy
Manuscript Traditions
The Text-Critical Treatment of ‘Poetic Edda’
The Editorial History of Snorri’s ‘Edda’
The Relevance of Old Norse Manuscript Traditions to Textual Criticism

- A. Cipolla, ‘Editing and Translating Snorra Edda: Some Observations on the Editorial History of Snorri’s Ars Poetica’, in Studies in the Transmission and Reception of Old Norse Literature: The Hyperborean Muse in European Culture, eds Judy Quinn and Maria Adele Cipolla, Turnhout: Brepols, 2016, Acta Scandinavica

- Greetham, D. (2013) ‘A history of textual scholarship’, in Fraistat, N. and Flanders, J. (eds.) The Cambridge Companion to Textual Scholarship: Cambridge University Press,

- Quinn, J., ‘The Principles of Textual Criticism and the Interpretation of Old Norse Texts Derived from Oral Tradition’, in Studies in the Transmission and Reception of Old Norse Literature: The Hyperborean Muse in European Culture, eds Judy Quinn and Maria Adele Cipolla, Turnhout: Brepols, 2016, Acta Scandinavica


THIRD PART (2 weeks and half = 10 hours): The Hamlet Legend

The European Reception of Old Scandinavian Cultures
Saxo Grammaticus
‘Amlóða saga’ (prof. Ian Felce, Cambridge)
The Spread across Europe – Belleforest – Shakespeare - Zeno

- Clunies Ross, Margaret, and Lars Lönnroth, 1999. ‘The Norse Muse. Report from an International Research Project’, alvíssmál 9: 3–28
http://userpage.fu-berlin.de/~alvismal/9muse.pdf
Fisher, P., Trans., and H. Ellis Davidson Ed., Saxo Grammaticus, History of the Danes, 2 vols., I. Text (pp. 1-9, pp. 65-68, pp. 82-100), II Commentary (pp. 59-66), Brewer, Cambridge, 1979-80

Three lectures on the ‘Amlóða saga’ will be delivered by prof. Ian Felce, Cambridge. A performance of the Ambleto (with an Introduction to Zeno's work by the musicologist M. Rossi Corradini) is scheduled. Students will be requested to attend.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam; midterm test (after the 5th week) on the first part of the course and on related bibliographical entries.
Suggestions for readings and bibliographical materials will be published on the e-learning page.

Reference books
Activity Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Lezioni Momma Haruko and Michael Matto (eds.) A Companion to the History of the English Language Blackwell-Wiley 2008 (saggio di Philipp Baldi. "English as an Indo-European Language", pp. 127-141
Lezioni David Greetham "A history of textual scholarship", in The Cambridge Companion to Textual Scholarship, ed. by N. Fraistat and J. Flanders Cambridge University Press 2013 saggio di D. Greetham, "A history of textual scholarship" (cfr. e-learning space)
Lezioni E. König e J. van der Auwera (eds.) The Germanic Languages Routledge 1994 pp. 1-18
Esercitazioni P. Gibellini & A. Cinquegrani (eds.) Il mito nella letteratura italiana. V/2: L'avventura dei personaggi Morcelliana 2009 A. Cipolla, Amleto (pp. 69-93)
Esercitazioni P. Fisher & H. Ellis Davidson (eds.) Saxo Grammaticus. History of the Danes Brewer 1980 I. Text (pp. 1-9, pp. 65-68, pp. 82-100), II Commentary (pp. 59-66)
Esercitazioni A. Cipolla & J. Quinn (eds.) Studies in the Reception of Old Norse Literature: The Hyperborean Muse in the European Culture Brepols 2016 - A. Cipolla & J. Quinn, Introduction - saggio di A. Cipolla, "Editing and Translatinh Snorra Edda: Some Observations on the Editorial History of Snorri's Ars Poetica"
Esercitazioni M. Clunies Ross & L. Lönroth The Norse Muse. Report from an International Research Project 2009 http://userpage.fu-berlin.de/~alvismal/9muse.pdf

STUDENT MODULE EVALUATION - 2016/2017