Editorial theory and methodology (2019/2020)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

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Name of lecturer
Veronica Gobbato
Veronica Gobbato
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Sep 30, 2019 al Jan 11, 2020.

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.

P. Stoppelli, Filologia della letteratura italiana, Roma, Carocci, 2019.
P. Italia-G. Raboni, Che cos'è la filologia d'autore, Roma, Carocci, 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
Paola Italia - Giulia Raboni Che cos'è la filologia d'autore (Edizione 9) Carocci 2019 978-8-8430-5585-2
Pasquale Stoppelli Filologia della letteratura italiana Carocci 2019 978-8-843-09433-2

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral text.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and in accordance with the University of Verona guidelines, during ​the 2020 summer session the assessment modality will be modified as follows: online oral exam.