cod. 1004089

Academic year 2018/19
2° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Filologia della letteratura italiana (L-FIL-LET/13)
Discipline linguistiche, filologiche e metodologiche
Type of training activity
36 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Integrated course unit module: ITALIAN PHILOLOGY AND ROMANZA

Learning objectives

The course will give the student a knowledge of the mechanism of text transmission and a basical competence of the steps necessary to make a critical edition. The student will be also required, in itinere, to examine some exemplar cases, in order to apply the critical notions received through frontal lessons. By the end of the course he is expected to have developed the ability to describe, evaluate and interpretate the sources of a text, use in the proper and correct form the terminology of the philological discipline and conduct authonomous research in the philological field.
Knowledge and understanding:
The student will develop knowledge and basic competence in the field of Italian philology through the lessons and the use of manuals and articles on the basic topics, as well as some tools for more advanced research.
Applying knowledge and understanding:
The student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the skills necessary for understanding and using critical editions. During the lessons students will be required to apply on concrete cases the notions learned in the frontal lessons.
Making judgements:
The student will be able to collect and interpret data to form autonomous judgement on the topics of the critical debate
Communication skills:
through the analysis of different critical proposals, students will be able to convey information, ideas, problems and solutions necessary to face and communicate philological-critical issues.
Learning skills:
thanks to the general organisation of the course which will give the student the fundamental notions of the discipline, he will develop learning skills useful for further philological studies


A good knowledge of the history of the italian language and of the history of italian literature and fundamental notions of Italian philology are required.

Course unit content

After an introduction to the methods and purposes of author philology, the course will be dedicated to the analysis of paradigm cases. During the lessons the students will be guided in the reading and transcription of autographs and in the formalization of critical apparatuses. In particular the second part of the lessons will be focused on the analysis of the critical editions of the Promessi sposi and of the Storia della Colonna infame. The student will have to prepare a short presentation about one of the cases discussed during the lessons, with autonomous research. The presentations will be considered part of the final exam.

Full programme

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All the students are required to study the following texts:
P. Italia, G. Raboni, Che cos’è la filologia d’autore, Roma, Carocci, 2010;
G. Raboni, Come lavorava Manzoni, Roma, Carocci, 2017
G. Raboni, Introduction to Alessandro Manzoni, Gli Sposi promessi, Milano, Casa del Manzoni, 2012 (
C. Riccardi, Introduzione a A. Manzoni, Storia della colonna infame, Milano, Mondadori, 2005.
The students are besides expected to have a good knowledge of the Promessi sposi and of the Storia della Colonna infame.

Teaching methods

In the first part of the course the frontal lessons of introduction to the discipline will be accompanied by the reading and transcription of autographs and delineation of the critical apparatus. The second part will be dedicated to an introduction to the work of Manzoni and to the main philological problems encountered in particular in the novel and in the History of the Infamous Column. Attending students will prepare for the exam a transcription exercise on Manzoni's manuscripts, which will form part of the evaluation of the exam.

Assessment methods and criteria

The final exam will be an oral interview in which the student will have to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the methods and purposes of author philology and of the work of Alessandro Manzoni. For attending students the evaluation of the presentation will be part of the final judgement. A student who demonstrates deficiencies in the knowledge of the literary context or in the methodology of philology will not be considered sufficient. A student proving basic knowledge of the fundamental concepts will be considered sufficient (18-21), a good (22-26) or very good (27-30 cum laude) evaluation will come in proportion to the ability of autonomous elaboration.

Other information

Attendance is strongly recommended. Students who are unable to attend must contact the professor.
Exam dates: as published calendar