The course is aimed at introducing the participants to the basics of Western (classical and Romance) «philology» o «textual criticism», i.e. the discipline that «investigates through specific techniques the genesis and development of works of literature, by identifying its different forms (in particular its original form or forms) and investigating their transformations through the ages. Its main aim is the reconstruction and publication [i.e. the "edition"] of a 'reliable' text of a literary work» (Paolo Chiesa). The methods and examples that will be presented and discussed in the classroom will introduce the participants (students of languages and cultures of the Near and Middle East) to historical-philological inquiry of the similar, or else, different, issues related to the transmission history of the texts that were produced or translated in the cultures of their specific competence.
- capability to express and process the contents of the course and the topic of the papers orally or in written form (in Italian or in English for non-Italian speaking students).
- efficiently taking lecture notes in classroom;
- critically integrating different teaching materials (class notes, slides, handbooks, academic papers);
- independent, critical study of course-related topics not dealt in class;
- improving the student's capability to read and process materials in English.