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Textual Criticism

This course teaches the fundamentals of textual criticism. Alongside a historical survey of scribal and editorial practices, we shall explore different approaches to editing texts. Of particular interest will be debating over whether to edit the best manuscript or to reconstruct a historical archetype using “Lachmann’s method” (i.e., the genealogical-reconstructive or the common-error method). Throughout, we shall be especially concerned with the correct interpretation of the critical edition—from the working hypothesis (Contini) to eclecticism (Barbi) to scientific text (Leonardi).

 

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Course Code: HAM 8401

Credit Hours: 3

Course Level: 800

This course teaches the fundamentals of textual criticism. Alongside a historical survey of scribal and editorial practices, we shall explore different approaches to editing texts. Of particular interest will be debating over whether to edit the best manuscript or to reconstruct a historical archetype using “Lachmann’s method” (i.e., the genealogical-reconstructive or the common-error method). Throughout, we shall be especially concerned with the correct interpretation of the critical edition—from the working hypothesis (Contini) to eclecticism (Barbi) to scientific text (Leonardi).

 

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Students will gain a grounded knowledge of textual criticism. They will learn basic concepts and terms used in textual criticism, along with the skills to read and use a critical edition. They will also learn how to edit texts themselves. The course will prepare students to critically analyze current editions, including editions or textual reconstructions applying the “text-historical method.”

Areas of Study: History and Methods

Required/ Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: Admission into a Program of Study

Instructor: Dr. Joydeep Bagchee

 

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