Academic year 2016/2017 Syllabus of previous years
Course code LM1610 (AF:231573 AR:113181)
Modality On campus classes
ECTS credits 6
Degree level Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code INF/01
Period 2nd Semester
Course year 1
Course objectives
The aim of the present module is to analyse the role played by Information and Communication Technology (ICT) within the context of contemporary Textual Scholarship.
Over the past decade, the "electronic edition" has become a new dissemination tool for scholarly publishing, bringing about different perspectives of both fruition and utilization of the texts themselves. Nevertheless, it should be underlined how the meaning of "electronic edition" might be vague and ambiguous. On the one hand it may correspond to the mere scanning process of a paper document. On the other hand it may refer to the product of multimedia process which is characterized by specific features, such as hypertextuality and interactivity.
With this in mind, the purpose of the present module is to disambiguate the definition of "electronic edition", through a critical review of the epistemological assumptions of Digital Humanities. Starting with a brief overview of the history of the discipline, this module will focus on the main issues of textual editing, attempting to show the several advantages deriving by a scholarly use of digital resources.
Particular attention will be paid to the following aspects:
- The notion of standardization;
- The encoding systems with reference to medieval texts;
- The several levels of textual mark-up.
By dealing with the issues mentioned above, the students will develop practical skills in mark-up language and related tools involved in a digital project.
An introduction to ecdotics. XML mark-up language; TEI standard for text encoding (TEI P5); Main XML schemas. All these topics will be dealt with within the broader field of electronic scholarly editions.
Referral texts
A) Notes taken in class.

B) Compulsory bibliography:

Pierazzo, Elena (2015), Digital Scholarly Editing: Theories, Models and Methods, Routledge.

TEI P5: Guidelines for Electronic Text Encoding and Interchange, http://www.tei-c.org/Guidelines/

C) For absolute beginners in ecdotics:

Luiselli Fadda, Anna Maria (1994 o ristampe succ.), Tradizioni manoscritte e critica del testo nel Medioevo germanico, Roma-Bari, Laterza, Parte terza: Il recupero storico del testo (capp. VI-VII-VIII).
Type of exam
Assessment methods
- Either four (4) or five (5) open questions, to which a specific mark will be assigned, making a total of 30/30 (cum laude). The exam lasts one and a half hours.
- Open questions allow to test the acquisition of knowledge, critical thought, as well as specific skills (i.e. how to encode a text).
More specifically:
- Knowledge and understanding: checked through content questions;
- Applying knowledge and understanding: checked through practical exercises, such as the encoding in XML-TEI of a short text;
- Making judgements: checked through methodological questions;
- Communication skills: checked through open questions (whether students ommunicate their conclusions clearly and unambiguously, as well as the knowledge and rationale underpinning these);
- Learning skills: evaluation of the students' autonomy of judgement.
Teaching methods
Lectures delivered by the teacher, plus practical mark-up exercises.
Teaching language
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book