L-FIL-LET/09 - 9 CFU - 2° Semester

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

The course aims to provide a comparative overview of the formation of Romance languages and literatures, with particular attention to Italian and French. The study of medieval French literature, which will be used to outline the influence on Italian literature of the first centuries, will also serve to highlight the need for a 'European' approach in the study of medieval texts.

Course Structure


Detailed Course Content

The course is traditionally divided into two sections: linguistic section and philological-literary section.


Linguistic section.

A (4 ECTS):

Introduction; history of Romance philology and linguistics; classification of the Romance languages; main syntactic, morphological, phonetic and lexical phenomena in the evolution from Latin to Romance languages; early Romance texts; basic elements of Old French grammar.


Philological-literary section.

B (2 ECTS):

Basic notions on editing Romance Medieval texts.


C (3 ECTS):

History of medieval French literature, with special regard to texts which have influenced the Italian literature of XIIIth and XIVth centuries.

Textbook Information

A The growth of Romance languages: basics (4 ECTS).

- L. Renzi - A. Andreose, Manuale di linguistica e filologia romanza, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2015, pp. 344. Introduzione; Il dominio romanzo; Il paradigma storico; Il paradigma; Il cambiamento nella linguistica contemporanea; Il latino; I caratteri delle lingue romanze; I primi testi romanzi; L’edizione dei testi.

B Introduction to philology (2 ECTS).

- A. Varvaro, Prima lezione di filologia, Laterza, Roma 2012, pp. 135.

C Introduction to Medieval French literature (3 ECTS).

- F. Brugnolo – R. Capelli, Profilo delle letterature romanze medievali, Carocci, Roma, 2019, pp. 11-205; 375-444.


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