Academic year
2023/2024 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FM0564 (AF:480713 AR:254364)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
1st Semester
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The course is part of the Master’s Degree Programme in Italian Philology and Literature. Students will be introduced to theories, methods and tools of digital textual scholarship applied to literary and documentary texts from ancient to contemporary times.
1. Knowledge and understanding:
- Knowledge of of textual theories and editorial practices in digital textual scholarship.
- Knowledge of tools, methods and standards for digital scholarly editing.
2. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding:
- Ability to apply the methodologies and standards of text encoding.
- Ability to solve problems connected to the adoption of digital tools and technologies for encoding and publishing texts in digital format.
3. Judgement skills:
- Ability to critically analyse digital textual resources.
- Ability to develop critical thinking skills with reference to digital technologies, academic and social practices.
4. Communication skills:
- Ability to interact with the peers and the professor and communicate the outcomes of the student’s work.
There are no pre-requirements.
1. Text, Textuality and Textual Criticism (Theories and Traditions)
2. Text Encoding (XML/TEI/EPIDOC), Annotation (Methods and Practices)
3. Digital Scholarly Editing: facsimile editions, (hyper-) diplomatic editions, critical editions, genetic editions, comprehensive editions, progressive editions, social editions etc.
4. Digital tools and publication workflows (data creation, enrichment, analysis, visualisation)
Lou Burnard, What is the Text Encoding Initiative?, Marseille: Open Edition Press, 2014. Online: .

Anna Cappellotto, "From codex to apps", in: Umanistica Digitale (2020), .

Criteri per la recensione delle edizioni digitali scientifiche, 1.1 (2014), .

Digital Scholarly Editions Manifesto, in: Umanistica Digitale (2022),

Matthew J. Driscoll, "The Words on the Page: Thoughts on Philology, Old and New". In: Creating the Medieval Saga: Versions, Variability, and Editorial Interpretations of Old Norse Saga Literature, ed. by Judy Quinn & Emily Lethbridge (Odense: University Press of Southern Denmark, 2010), pp. 85-102. Online available at: .

Greta Franzini, “A Catalogue of Digital Editions,” 2012ff, .

Tiziana Mancinelli, Elena Pierazzo, Che cos'è un'edizione scientifica digitale, Roma: Carocci, 2020.

Beatrice Nava, "Are we all Bédierian? Perspectives for Digital Genetic Editions", in: Umanistica Digitale (2022), .

Elena Pierazzo, Digital Scholarly Editing: Theories, Models and Method, Farnham, Surrey (UK): Routledge, 2015. Preprint online version: .

Patrick Sahle, “What Is a Scholarly Digital Edition (SDE)?”. In: Digital Scholarly Editing: Theory, Practice and Future Perspectives, ed. by Matthew Driscoll and Elena Pierazzo (Cambridge, UK: OBP, 2016), 19–39. Online: , doi:10.11647/OBP.0095.

Patrick Sahle, “A Catalog of Digital Scholarly Editions”, v 4.0 (1998/2020ff), .
The assessment will be based on the following components:
1. Final oral exam.
2. Participation to class discussions.
3. Assignments and course activities.

Attendance is strongly recommended. Non-attending students should contact the professors to complete the program of the oral exam with additional readings.
Classi con attività in classe e a casa, interazione tra docenti e studenti.
La frequenza è fortemente consigliata.
Il materiale didattico sarà reso disponibile attraverso la piattaforma di e-learning Moodle.

Accessibility, Disability and Inclusion.
Accommodation and support services for students with disabilities and students with specific learning impairments:
Ca’ Foscari abides by Italian Law (Law 17/1999; Law 170/2010) regarding support services and accommodation available to students with disabilities. This includes students with mobility, visual, hearing and other disabilities (Law 17/1999), and specific learning impairments (Law 170/2010). If you have a disability or impairment that requires accommodations (i.e., alternate testing, readers, note takers or interpreters) please contact the Disability and Accessibility Offices in Student Services:
Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 25/05/2023