Summary of Programme
(subdivided into the various modules where appropriate)
Module I (= 6 ECTS) Troilo Malvezzi, Opusculum comicum.
Reading of and comment on the Opusculum comicum, written by the Bolognese jurist Troilo Malvezzi and preserved in the codex Magliabechiano VII 1165 of the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale in Florence. The pièce, dedicated to Poggio Bracciolini, recalls - as far as the plot, the structure and the language are concerned - the atmosphere and the modus scribendi of Plautus and Terence: the play is divided into five acts and the action is centred upon the vicissitudines of two young lovers, Claudius and Lavinia, and the machinationes of the servant Furvus, the real limelight-stealer of the comedy.
P. Stoppelli, Filologia della letteratura italiana, Roma, Carocci Editore 2019;
Troilo Malvezzi, Opusculum comicum, critical edition, translation and commentary by M. Mele, Firenze, SISMEL-Edizioni del Galluzzo 2019.
Organisation of Teaching
42 hours of teacher up front lessons, plus 4 hours of exercises on the institutions of humanistic philology.
Module II (= 3 ECTS) Tommaso de Mezzo, Epirota. Reading of and comment on the Epirota by Tommaso de Mezzo. The text opens the series of comedies written in Venice in the second half of the 1400s. Despite references to contemporary events and suggestions offered by the comic tradition of its time, the Epirota shows in its plot and structure great adherence to the models of Plautus and Terence and moves away from those characteristics strictly tied to the Medieval culture common in earlier humanistic theatre.
Tommaso de Mezzo, Epirota, critical edition, translation and commentary by L. Ruggio, Firenze, SISMEL- Edizioni del Galluzzo 2011.
Organisation of Lessons
21 hours of teacher up front lessons.