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Italian textual criticism - The “Corpus Avalle”: digital philology and textual criticism


Monday, 4 November 2019 to Saturday, 13 June 2020
Total hours: 40
Hours of lectures: 40

Examination procedure

  • Report or seminar


No prerequisites are required.


The Corpus established by d’Arco Silvio Avalle adopted a new edition of the 13th c. manuscripts containing Italian poetry. It was a conservative edition, for lexicographic purposes, and was among the first examples of computer-assisted philology. It is therefore a perfect case study in order to discuss textual criticism methods, and to compare those issues with the more recent developments of digital philology.

Educational goals: 

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


Bibliographical references

Concordanze della lingua poetica italiana delle origini, a cura di d’A. S. Avalle, Ricciardi 1992; editions of Sicilian poetry (Mondadori 2008), Bonagiunta (Galluzzo 2012), Guinizelli (Einaudi 2002), Laudario di Cortona (Cisam 1991). G. Contini, Filologia, il Mulino 2014; d’A. S. Avalle, Principî di critica testuale, Antenore 1972. Further bibliography will be provided during the course.