The Course “Germanic Philology 2 LM” falls within the domain of the Complementary learning activities of the Degree Course in Modern Languages for International Communication, specifically the activities aiming at providing adequate tools for the analysis of texts in the light of their transmission and cultural context.
The course envisages further study of the medieval languages from a diachronic perspective; further study of the theory of textual criticism, with special reference to the transmission, edition and interpretation of texts, as well as to the historical context in which they were produced and transmitted.
Expected Learning Outcomes: The student will acquire detailed and in-depth competence in the history of medieval languages and literatures, as well as in the wider domain of textual and literary criticism.
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Techniques of composition and transmission of medieval Germanic texts.

The course will focus on the analysis of medieval English and German texts which will be the starting point for outlining the main characteristics of the literary and cultural milieu in which they were produced and for widening the students’ knowledge in the field of intertextuality, diachronic linguistics and textual
Students will learn how to use the principle bibliographical instruments for carrying out individual
researches with an interdisciplinary approach.
Seminars, with students’ presentations of individual researches, will be held.

Students are advised to attend classes. Those who cannot attend them are requested to contact the teacher at the beginning of the course.

Core Documentation

- Krapp, George Philip and Dobbie, Elliott Van Kirkhe, Anglo-Saxon poetic records: a collective edition, 6 voll., New York: Columbia University Press1931-1953.
- Treharne, Elaine, Old and Middle English c.890-c.1450: An Anthology, Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell 2009.
- Wogan-Browne, Jocelyn et alii, The Idea of the Vernacular: an Anthology of Middle English Literary Theory, 1280-1520, Exeter: University of Exeter Press 1999.
- The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry (http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/ascp/)
- The Canterbury Tales and Other Works of Chaucer (Middle English): https://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/eng/mect/
- Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: https://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=cme;idno=Gawain

Reference Bibliography

- E. Curtius, Letteratura europea e Medio Evo latino, La Nuova Italia, 1995 - M. P. Brown, A Guide to Western Historical Scripts from Antiquity to 1600, The British Library: London 1990. - A. M. Luiselli Fadda, Tradizioni manoscritte e critica del testo nel medioevo germanico, Roma-Bari: Laterza 2004. - A. M. Luiselli Fadda, “Lectio Magistralis. L’arte della filologia”, in: Percepta rependere dona. Studi di filologia per Anna Maria Luiselli Fadda, a cura di C. Bologna, M. Mocan e P. Vaciago, Olschki: Firenze 2010, pp. xiii- xxvii. - D. Crystal, The Stories of English, Penguin Books: London 2005. - P. Boitani, La letteratura del Medioevo inglese, Roma: Carocci 2001. - D. Wallace, The Cambridge History of Medieval English Literature, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2002 - E. Auerbach, Mimesis. Il realismo nella letteratura occidentale, Torino: Einaudi 1972 (pp. 136-188).

Type of evaluation

Online oral exams; video conference on Microsoft Teams.