Editorial theory and methodology (2018/2019)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Veronica Gobbato
Veronica Gobbato
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
I semestre dal Oct 1, 2018 al Jan 12, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to transmit the main skills of the philological method, combined with editorial practice (also digital); to increase the philological competences, specific editorial cases are studied (from ancient and modern texts), exemplary with respect to the problems that the edition of a text poses.
At the end of the course the student will be able to recognize the main editorial issues underlying the publication of a text and to identify the most congenial editing methods for the texts examined.


1. Institutions of Philology (problems and methods)
What is a critical edition; editing methods: criticism of variants (antiquated methods, Lachmann method and subsequent revisions); author philology; philology of printed texts.
2. Examples and application of editorial methods:
a- A case of study: The edition of the Divine Comedy;
b- Examples of a ancient, modern and contemporary author's edition : the Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron, Giacomo Leopardi's Idilli .
3. Philology and publishing practices in the digital age.

1. A. Stussi, Introduzione agli studi di filologia italiana, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2015
B. Bentivogli-P. Vecchi Galli, Filologia Italiana, Milano, Mondadori, 2010

2. P. Trovato, A very complicated tradition. Dante's Commedia, in P. Trovato, 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, Padova, edizioni libreriauniversitaria.it, 2017, pp. 299-333.
M. Fiorilla, Sul testo del Decameron: per una nuova edizione critica, in M. Marchiaro-S. Zamponi, Boccaccio letterato. Atti del Convegno Internazionale (Firenze-Certaldo, 10-12 ottobre 2013), Firenze, Accademia della Crusca, 2015, pp. 211-237.
P. Italia, Il metodo Leopardi. Varianti e stile nella formazione delle canzoni, Roma, Carocci, 2016, pp. 147-197.
3. Further bibliographical indications (studies in PDF format and slides ) will be provided during the lessons (uploaded on moodle platform): they will form an integral part of the exam.

Non-attending students are invited to contact the teacher to arrange the exam program.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Bentivogli, Bruno; Vecchi Galli, Laura Filologia italiana Mondadori 2002 8842495387
Stussi, Alfredo Introduzione agli studi di filologia italiana Il Mulino 2007 9788815258878

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam.