Editorial theory and methodology (2020/2021)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Veronica Gobbato
Veronica Gobbato
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Sep 28, 2020 al Jan 9, 2021.

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.


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. Example of a Lachmann edition;
a- A case of study: The edition of the Divine Comedy;
b- Examples of ancient, modern and contemporary authors' edition
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.

Additional bibliographic materials (in PDF format, uploaded to the moodle teaching platform) will be provided during the lessons and 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 Capp. 1 e 2. Del cap. 3 solo i parr. 3.1, 3.4 e 3.5.
Pasquale Stoppelli Filologia della letteratura italiana Carocci 2019 978-8-843-09433-2 Capp. 1-8 + Q1 (La tradizione della Commedia) e Q5 (La filologia e il digitale)

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination. It aims to verify the knowledge of the subjects of the course and the students' ability to read and understand the different types of critical edition analysed.