Digital philology: questions of method

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The digital transition entails several new features also in the field of philology, challenging the tradition of methods and procedures for the study of manuscript traditions and the preparation of critical editions. Through the analysis of some case studies taken from the Italian and Romance Middle Ages, the main points of method will be analysed, in order to verify to what extent the new scenario allows to improve the potentialities of philological research or, vice versa, questions its validity.

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Learning philology, developing interpretation competences, dealing with digital humanities.

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For the philological method, reference point will be G. Contini, Filologia, il Mulino 2014, with L. Leonardi, Filologia romanza. 1. Critica del testo, Le Monnier 2022. For the theory of digital philology, see F. Stella, Testi letterari e analisi digitale, Carocci 2018; Teoria e forme del testo digitale, ed. by M. Zaccarello, Carocci 2019; P. Italia, Editing Duemila. Per una filologia dei testi digitali, Salerno 2020. The most complete overview can be found in Handbook of Stemmatology. History, Methodology, Digital Approaches, ed. by Ph. Roelli, de Gruyter 2020. Further specific bibliography will be provided and discussed during the course.