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ITALIAN PHILOLOGY II
FILOLOGIA ITALIANA II

Philological aspects of Boccaccio's Decameron and the Quattrocento novella
Aspetti filologici della tradizione del Decameron di Boccaccio e della novellistica quattrocentesca

A.Y. Credits
2021/2022 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Nicoletta Marcelli By appointment (email)

Assigned to the Degree Course

Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures (LM-14 / LM-15)
Curriculum: PERCORSO COMUNE
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Learning Objectives

The aim of the course is to deepen the theoretical aspects and practical solutions relating to the critical edition vulgar for which the stemmatic method (also called Lachmann's method) prove ineffective or unenforceable. The aim of this course is to make students aware that philological work does not coincide with the mere mechanical application of a method, but with the editor's ability to make choices motivated critically, varying from time to time depending on the text and the author at hand. At the end of the course the student has to achieve a proper knowledge of the main problems connected with poetical texts by analysing some specific cases.

Program

In the first part of the course, the basics of the stemmatic method will be briefly recalled, as an essential premise to the topic of the course. Subsequently, the tradition of the text of the Decameron will be analyzed and the main editorial solutions adopted since the discovery of the autograph manuscript (Berlin, Hamilton 90) until the recent text review carried out by Maurizio Fiorilla as preliminary phase of a new critical edition of the whole text. The last part of the course will consist in a seminarian work, whereby students will be required, under the guidance of the teacher, to establish a new edition of the novella by Jacopo Bracciolini (1442-1478), Della origine della guerra tra franciosi e inghilesi, using the new testimonies that emerged after the edition published by Rossella Bessi in 2000. The seminarian papers (samples of critical editions) produced during the classes individually by the students will be part of the final examination.

Bridging Courses

It is higly recommended to have passed an exam of Italian philology during the BA curriculum.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Students are to show possession of mastery of basic knowledge about the genesis and the functioning of the stemmatic method, with particular reference to the stages of recensio, collatio, eliminatio codicum descriptorum and constitutio textus, including the creation of critical apparatus and eventually of the apparatus of sources.

-Students are to demonstrate understanding of concepts and theories laid the course or argue about the main limits shown by the stemmatic method and show knowledge of alternative methods of edition. He/she has to be able to parse the text proposed in class cases in relation to the problems faced by publishers in connection with the applicability of the stemmatic method.

- Students have to achieve the ability to use knowledge and concepts which allow to procede according to the logic of the discipline. In particular, they also have to become able to analyse and interpretate literary texts under philological basis, to read modern critical editions and be able to produce a new one. Students are also required to know and use the main bibliographical entries of the discipline.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Teaching

Classes, seminars, practical exercises. Students may be required to read during the course in order to attend some lessons with the proper preparation. Teaching materials (such as slides, lecture notes, tutorials) and specific communications of the teacher can be found within the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it. Students will be required to test (online by Moodle) their knowledge of the discipline during the first class.

Attendance

Compulsory attendance for the 80% of the classes hours amount (29 hours).

Course books

In addition to all materials and texts that will be distributed in class, for the examination will be required knowledge of:

1. PASQUALE STOPPELLI, Filologia della letteratura italiana. Nuova edizione, Roma, Carocci, 2019, only pp. 17-150 or other handbook in agreement with the teacher.

2. MARIO MARTI, Note e discussioni sulle due redazioni del 'Decameron', in «Giornale storico della letteratura italiana», CLXXX, 2003, pp. 251-259 [available at Biblioteca San Girolamo].

3. JACOPO BRACCIOLINI, Della origine della guerra tra franciosi e inghilesi, edizione critica a cura di Rossella Bessi, in All'origine della guerra dei cento anni. Una novella latina di Bartolomeo Facio e il volgarizzamento di Jacopo di Poggio Bracciolini, a cura di Gabriella Albanese, Rossella Bessi, Roma, Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2000, pp. 69-97, 101-155, 172-191 [available at the University library].

4. GIORGIO INGLESE, Ecdotica e commento ai testi letterari, in "La Cultura", XLIX, 2011, n. 2, pp. 277-283 [available on Moodle].

Assessment

Oral examination and evaluation of seminarian works carried out during the classes (as indicated in the course programm).

Oral examination. This choice was made in order to enhance the oral argumentative skills of individual students in relation to a highly technical discipline and which requires the possession of a specific lexicon.

"Excellent" mark: the student must show possession of good critical and in-depth skills; the ability to orient with sure mastery of the subject within the main themes covered during the lesson, also establishing, if necessary, links between different fields and themes of the discipline; outstanding ability to use the technical lexicon of discipline.

"Good" mark: the student must demonstrate possession of a mnemonic knowledge of the main contents of the discipline; minimal critical and linking capacity between the main themes of the discipline with the use of the philological lexicon.

"Sufficient" mark: the student must demonstrate minimal knowledge of the fundamentals of the discipline, even if there are some educational gaps, as well as the use of language that is not entirely appropriate.

"Negative" mark: difficulty of orientation of the student with respect to the topics dealt with in the exam; training gaps; the use of inappropriate language and/or the inability to use the technical lexicon of the discipline.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Teaching

Self-directed learning

Course books

The examination will require knowledge of:

1. PASQUALE STOPPELLI, Filologia della letteratura italiana. Nuova edizione, Roma, Carocci, 2019 other handbook in agreement with the teacher.

2. FRANCESCO BAUSI, Leggere il 'Decameron',  Bologna, Il Mulino, 2017 [available at the Biblioteca di Area Umanistica].

3. MAURIZIO FIORILLA, Per il testo del 'Decameron', in «L'Ellisse», V, 2010, pp. 9-38 [available on Moodle].

4. MAURIZIO FIORILLA, Sul testo del 'Decameron': per una nuova edizione critica, in Boccaccio letterato. Atti del Convegno Internazionale di Firenze-Certaldo (10-12 ottobre 2013), a cura di M. Marchiaro e S. Zamponi, Firenze, Accademia della Crusca, 2015, pp. 211-237 [available on Moodle].

5. ROSSELLA BESSI, Il modello boccacciano nella spicciolata toscana tra fine Trecento e tardo Quattrocento, in Dal primato allo scacco : i modelli narrativi italiani tra Trecento e Seicento, a cura di Gian Mario Anselmi ; con un saggio introduttivo di Francisco Rico, Roma, Carocci, 1998, pp. 107-123 [available at Library of San Girolamo].

6. JACOPO BRACCIOLINI, Della origine della guerra tra franciosi e inghilesi, edizione critica a cura di Rossella Bessi, in All'origine della guerra dei cento anni. Una novella latina di Bartolomeo Facio e il volgarizzamento di Jacopo di Poggio Bracciolini, a cura di Gabriella Albanese, Rossella Bessi, Roma, Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2000, pp. 69-97, 101-155, 172-191 [available at the University Library].

7. GIORGIO INGLESE, Ecdotica e commento ai testi letterari, in "La Cultura", XLIX, 2011, n. 2, pp. 277-283 [available on Moodle].

Assessment

Oral examination. This choice was made in order to enhance the oral argumentative skills of individual students in relation to a highly technical discipline and which requires the possession of a specific lexicon.

"Excellent" mark: the student must show possession of good critical and in-depth skills; the ability to orient with sure mastery of the subject within the main themes covered in the course books, also establishing, if necessary, links between different fields and themes of the discipline; outstanding ability to use the technical lexicon of discipline.

"Good" mark: the student must demonstrate possession of a mnemonic knowledge of the main contents of the discipline; minimal critical and linking capacity between the main themes of the discipline with the use of the philological lexicon.

"Sufficient" mark: the student must demonstrate minimal knowledge of the fundamentals of the discipline, even if there are some educational gaps, as well as the use of language that is not entirely appropriate.

"Negative" mark: difficulty of orientation of the student with respect to the topics dealt with in the exam; training gaps; the use of inappropriate language and/or the inability to use the technical lexicon of the discipline.

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