History of Writing in the Medieval West

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
M-STO/09
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course provides the general lines of the history of writing in the Latin alphabet in Western Europe from Antiquity to the Renaissance and the tools necessary to understand its main functions (cultural, political and social) within the greater setting of books and documents.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the course the student will have acquired the knowledge of the progress of writing in the Latin alphabet and the essential tools for reading, understanding and the space-time placement of testimonies found within graphic books and documents produced from the 7th century BC until the dissemination of mobile printing (early 16th century) in Western European countries. The student will be able to use language tools (language properties, correct specific lexicon) to adequately express, in a clear and effective manner, the different writings and graphic signs. These skills will be acquired through a direct and continuous meeting with the instructor in the classroom; the reading and commentary tutorials of book and documentary graphic occurrences will also be a time of critical reflection and methodological learning Students opting not to attend the lessons will be able to make use of the educational tools provided by the instructor on Ariel, deepen their knowledge of main topics through special readings with the agreement with the instructor, and of course contact the instructor either by e-mail and during office hours.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
Lectures will be delivered remotely, principally in synchronous format via Teams.
On the course page on Ariel, students will be able to find all the information on the lectures and any changes to the programme and its related documents (bibliography etc) in case of lockdown. 
Finally, in case it proves impossible to hold the exam face to face, the exam will take place remotely, in ways which will be communicated on the course page on Ariel at the end of the course.
Course syllabus
Title of the course History of Western Medieval Writings
Part 1: Scripts of the Roman Empire.
Part 2: Early medieval scripts.
Part 3: Late medieval scripts.
Prerequisites for admission
There are no specific requirements different from those requested for the degree admission.
Teaching methods
Attendance to classes is strongly recommended although not compulsory. The teaching is delivered through frontal lectures aimed primarily at the acquisition of knowledge, competence and specific language of the subject. Discussion with the teacher in the classroom is integrant part of the didactic method and aims at promoting a critical attitude and the capacity to apply the acquired competence and knowledge. Exercises in the reading and analysis of different documentary and book scripts will be held during the lectures.
All the material, except the manuals, can be downloaded from Ariel.
Teaching Resources
Attending students:
⁃ Programme for 6 cfu:
Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (part 1 and 2)
Textbook:
A. Petrucci, Breve storia della scrittura latina, Roma, Bagatto Libri, 2015
or
G. Cencetti, Paleografia latina, Roma, Jouvance, 2018.
The plates with the images of the scripts on the site ARIEL read and discussed during lectures.

Knowledge of two of the following volumes:
A. Petrucci, Prima lezione d paleografia, Roma, Laterza, 2007.
G. Costamagna, Perché scriviamo così. Invito alla paleografia latina, Roma 1987 (Fonti e studi del Corpus membranarum italicarum, Studi e ricerche, XXVI).
A. Petrucci, Mille anni di forme grafiche nell'area milanese, in Il millennio ambrosiano. La nuova città dal Comune alla signoria, a cura di C. Bertelli, Milano 1989, pp. 140-163.

⁃ Programme for 9 cfu:
Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (part 1, 2 and 3)
Textbook:
A. Petrucci, Breve storia della scrittura latina, Roma, Bagatto Libri, 2015
or
G. Cencetti, Paleografia latina, Roma, Jouvance, 2018.
The plates with the images of the scripts on the site ARIEL read and discussed during lectures.

Knowledge of three of the following volumes:
F. Battelli, Il libro universitario, in Civiltà comunale: libro, scrittura, documento. Atti del Convegno (Genova, 8-11 novembre 1988), (Atti della Società ligure di storia patria, n. s., XXIX (1989), pp. 279-313.
G. Cencetti, Postilla nuova a un problema paleografico vecchio: l'origine della minuscola «carolina», in «Nova Historia», 7 (1955), pp. 1-24.
I. Lazzarini, Materiali per una didattica delle scritture pubbliche di cancelleria nell'Italia del Quattrocento, «Scrineum - Rivista», 2 (2004), pp. 2-77.
A. Pratesi, Le ambizioni di una cultura unitaria: la riforma della scrittura, in A. Pratesi, Frustula palaeographica, Firenze 1992, pp. 267-279.
A. Petrucci, Censimento dei codici dei secoli XI-XII. Istruzioni per la datazione, «Studi medievali», s. III, 9 (1968), pp. 1115-1126.
A. Petrucci, Medioevo da leggere. Guida allo studio delle testimoniamze scritte del Medioevo italiano, Torino 1992, pp. 5-37.
S. Zamponi, La scrittura del libro nel Duecento, in Civiltà comunale: libro, scrittura, documento. Atti del Convegno (Genova, 8-11 novembre 1988), (Atti della Società ligure di storia patria, n. s., XXIX (1989), pp. 315-354.

Non-attending students:
⁃ Programme for 6 cfu:
Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (part 1 and 2)
Textbook:
A. Petrucci, Breve storia della scrittura latina, Roma, Bagatto Libri, 2015
or
G. Cencetti, Paleografia latina, Roma, Jouvance, 2018.
The plates with the images of the scripts on the site ARIEL read and discussed during lectures.

Knowledge of two of the following volumes:
A. Petrucci, Prima lezione d paleografia, Roma, Laterza, 2007.
G. Costamagna, Perché scriviamo così. Invito alla paleografia latina, Roma 1987 (Fonti e studi del Corpus membranarum italicarum, Studi e ricerche, XXVI).
A. Petrucci, Mille anni di forme grafiche nell'area milanese, in Il millennio ambrosiano. La nuova città dal Comune alla signoria, a cura di C. Bertelli, Milano 1989, pp. 140-163.


⁃ Programme for 9 cfu:
Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (part 1, 2 and 3)
Textbook:
A. Petrucci, Breve storia della scrittura latina, Roma, Bagatto Libri, 2015
or
G. Cencetti, Paleografia latina, Roma, Jouvance, 2018.
The plates with the images of the scripts on the site ARIEL read and discussed during lectures.

Knowledge of three of the following volumes:
F. Battelli, Il libro universitario, in Civiltà comunale: libro, scrittura, documento. Atti del Convegno (Genova, 8-11 novembre 1988), (Atti della Società ligure di storia patria, n. s., XXIX (1989), pp. 279-313.
G. Cencetti, Postilla nuova a un problema paleografico vecchio: l'origine della minuscola «carolina», in «Nova Historia», 7 (1955), pp. 1-24.
I. Lazzarini, Materiali per una didattica delle scritture pubbliche di cancelleria nell'Italia del Quattrocento, «Scrineum - Rivista», 2 (2004), pp. 2-77.
A. Pratesi, Le ambizioni di una cultura unitaria: la riforma della scrittura, in A. Pratesi, Frustula palaeographica, Firenze 1992, pp. 267-279.
A. Petrucci, Censimento dei codici dei secoli XI-XII. Istruzioni per la datazione, «Studi medievali», s. III, 9 (1968), pp. 1115-1126.
A. Petrucci, Medioevo da leggere. Guida allo studio delle testimoniamze scritte del Medioevo italiano, Torino 1992, pp. 5-37.
S. Zamponi, La scrittura del libro nel Duecento, in Civiltà comunale: libro, scrittura, documento. Atti del Convegno (Genova, 8-11 novembre 1988), (Atti della Società ligure di storia patria, n. s., XXIX (1989), pp. 315-354.

Non-attending students are invited to promptly get in touch with the professor.
International and Erasmus students are invited to promptly get in touch with the professor in order to arrange a reading plan (available in English) for exam preparation.
Assessment methods and Criteria
- Method: oral exam.
- Type of examination: oral interrogation.
- Evaluation criteria: capacity to demonstrate and elaborate knowledge; capacity for critical reflection on the completed work; quality of exposition, competence in the use of specialised lexicon, efficacy, clarity.
- Type of evaluation method: mark in 30s.

The format of the exam for students with disabilities should be arranged in advance with the professor, as well as the relevant office.
Unita' didattica A
M-STO/09 - PALEOGRAPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
M-STO/09 - PALEOGRAPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
M-STO/09 - PALEOGRAPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor(s)