cod. 1008730

Academic year 2023/24
3° year of course - First semester
- Margherita CENTENARI
Academic discipline
Filologia della letteratura italiana (L-FIL-LET/13)
Attività formative affini o integrative
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

The course (30h, 6 CFU, from 2nd November to 2nd December 2022)
aims to provide students with an overview of the main concepts and
ideas of textual criticism applied to ancient and modern literary texts,
focusing on their linguistic status, their transmission, and their
manuscript and print traditions. The course, aimed to beginners, will
inspire students with basic knowledge of: - textual criticism; - digital
encoding; - introduction to scholarly editing.
- KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING: by the end of the course the
students will be provided with basic skills in the fields of modern
philology and Digital Humanities. Special attention will be paid to text
close-reading, to ecdotic methodologies, and to the major digital
encoding practices.
apply their knowledge in order to achieve basic skills in the field of Digital
Humanities. In particular, the autonomous analysis of scientific apparatus
of poetic and prose texts will be developed. By the end of the course
students will be able to understand and to place in a hierarchy the
information gathered during the classes and to translate it into a digital
- MAKING JUDGMENTS: the students will improve their ability to make
judgments through the analysis of different case studies in the field of
Digital Humanities. They will also develop autonomous thinking, including
cross-cultural and interdisciplinary thinking on cultural and scientific
topics connected to the judgements expressed.
- COMMUNICATION SKILLS: the study of digital languages is expected to
impact in a positive way on communication skills. The students will be
able to report and discuss the notions learned during the classes and
from the texts, with particular attention to the accurate use of language,
concepts and categories, and will be able to make an appropriate use of
the specific vocabulary of the discipline.
- LEARNING SKILLS: the students will improve their autonomous learning
ability and will learn to develop a critical attitude towards the sources and
the texts.


Basic notions of philology.

Course unit content

Introduction to: Modern Italian Philology (from 13th to 19th century);
Standard Encodig Languages; Digital Scholarly Editions. Training

Full programme

See Elly.


The students will study the texts read and explained during the classes,
which will be uploaded on the e-learning platform Elly.
They will also study the following text:
- Che cos’è un’edizione scientifica digitale, ed. by Tiziana Mancinelli and
Elena Pierazzo, Roma, Carocci, 2020.
And 5 readings chosen in the following list:
- Simone Albonico, Sull’utilizzo della codifica TEI in filologia, in Il manuale
TEI Lite. Introduzione alla codifica elettronica dei testi letterari, ed. by F.
Ciotti, Milano, Edizioni Sylvestre Bonnard, 2005, pp. 239-256.
- Matthew J. Driscoll, The Words on the Page: Thoughts on Philology, Old
and New, in Creating the Medieval Saga: Versions, Variability, and
Editorial Interpretations of Old Norse Saga Literature, ed. by J. Quinn and
E. Lethbridge, Odense, University Press of Southern Denmark, 2010, pp.
- Paola Italia, Il lettore Google, «Prassi Ecdotiche della Modernità
Letteraria» (PEML), 1/1, 2016, pp. 1-12.
- Jerome McGann, Ritorno alla filologia. La memoria del passato nel
contesto digitale, in Teorie e forme del testo digitale, ed. by M.
Zaccarello, Roma, Carocci, 2019, pp. 197-207;
- Peter Robinson, Il contesto “collaborativo” degli studi letterari e la
dimensione “sociale” delle edizioni scientifiche, ivi, pp. 115-134;
- Patrick Sahle, What is a Scholarly Digital Edition (SDE)?, in Digital
Scholarly Editing: Theory, Practice and Future Perspectives, ed. by
Matthew Driscoll and Elena Pierazzo, Cambridge, Open Book Publisher
(OBP), 2016, pp. 19–39:
nozioni di base;
- sufficiente (18-21/30): possesso delle nozioni di base, risposte corrette
al 60% delle domande poste;
- buono (22-26/30): possesso delle competenze fondamentali e di altre
conoscenze di livello intermedio, buona esposizione, buona capacità di
rielaborazione critica delle nozioni;
- ottimo (27-30l/30): ottimo possesso delle conoscenze fondamentali,
ottima capacità di contestualizzazione storica, sensibilità critica,
precisione e proprietà di linguaggio, coerenza argomentativa.
Programma esteso
Vd. Elly.
Obiettivi Agenda 2030
per lo sviluppo
Istruzione di qualità.
Obiettivi per lo sviluppo sostenibile
Codice Descrizione
4 Istruzione di qualità
8 Lavoro dignitoso e crescita economica
10 Ridurre le disuguaglianze
- Peter Shillingsburg, La svolta digitale e lo studio della letteratura nel
nuovo contesto, ivi, pp. 71-84.
- Lorenzo Tomasin, Nove tesi e mezza per la filologia nell'era della
liquidità digitale, «Storie e linguaggi», 5/2, 2019, pp. 19-33.

Teaching methods

Lectures (reading, commentary of texts) and training sessions with
practical encoding exercises. The texts analyzed during the classes will
be uploaded on the elearning platform Elly.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination: the evaluation test will assess the achievement of the
specific learning goals for the course.
Discussion topics and questions will focus on: 1. Modern philology and
Digital Scholarly Editing; 2. Case studies; 3. Bibliography.
The most relevant criteria for the evaluation include:
- Unsatisfactory grade (score <18/30): lack of the basic skills of the
- Passing grade (score 18-21/30): the exam is deemed to be passed with
a minimum of 60% of right answers.
- Positive grade (score 22-26/30): students can certificate a good
knowledge of basics; they give good oral exposition and develop critical
- Excellent grade (score 27-30 cum laude/30): excellent knowledge of
basics and advanced competences. Very good abilities to use specific
language skills; excellent historical knowledge; argumentation

Other information

Attendance is strongly recommended. The students unable to attend
classes are strongly advised to contact the teacher.