Philology of digital texts (2020/2021)

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Name of lecturer
Stefano Bazzaco
Stefano Bazzaco
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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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 convey the main competences of the philological method which constitute the basis for the edition of a text in digital format. The course also aims to provide students with the specific knowledge and methodologies to prepare a digital edition. At the end of the course the student will be able to recognize the main editorial issues concerning the publication of a text and to identify the most suitable editing methods and softwares in view of its digital edition.


The course deals with the following themes: -main phases and actors that characterize the philology of printed texts; -methodological issues that digital medium implies in reconstruction, production, preservation and dissemination of literary texts; -best practices and digital tools available to humanists (digitalized images, semi-automated transcription with OCR/HTR softwares, automatic collation, algorithmic textual query, text markup, metadata, databases, epub publication, DSE web publication).
In relation to these fields and theories, some Italian literature case studies will be presented and discussed in class.
A practical part of the course will deal with digital transcription, XML Tei markup and publication of a DSE.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Tiziana Mancinelli, Elena Pierazzo Che cos’è un’edizione scientifica digitale? Carocci, Roma 2020 978-8-843-09905-4
Paola Italia Editing 2000. Per una filologia dei testi digitali Salerno Editore-Antenore, Roma 2020 978-8-869-73415-1
Alberto Varvaro Prima lezione di filologia Laterza, Roma : Bari 2012 978-8-842-09842-3

Assessment methods and criteria

Final exams will be in oral form. Students can either obtain a partial evaluation by -preparing a paper concerning DH field; -the creation of a pilot project of a DSE.
Further details will be given during the course.