Beinecke Library Italian Paleography Masterclass, Summer 2019
This course will be taught in English to enable historians as well as literature students to take it. It will focus on the development of handwriting of Italian texts and documents over a period of five hundred years from the twelfth to the sixteenth century. It will include the main scripts that were adopted for texts written in Italian: gothic (gotica rotunda), notarial, cancelleresca, mercantesca and humanistic. Each script defines a moment in the history of Italian culture, from the strong presence of the church to the importance of the notarial class in public and political life and the emerging merchant class, as well as the evolution of Italian language and literature from Dante to the Renaissance. The course will be offered at the Beinecke Library at Yale University from May 13-17th, 2019.

The course will be taught be Dennis Dutschke, professor emeritus at the University of California, Davis. His research and teaching focuses on Medieval and Early Renaissance Italian Literature, with an emphasis on philology and paleography. He has written numerous articles and books, ranging from the Census of Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States (published in 1986) to the recent edition of a 14th century poem, Teo da Perugia, La Caccia (published in 2018).

Students should have a basic reading knowledge of Italian; you will be transcribing Italian documents and some of the secondary readings are in Italian. Students are encouraged to buy a copy of Armando Petrucci, Breve storia della scrittura latina, Rome, Baggato Libri, 1989.

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