Textual Criticism - 2nd semester


he curricular unit aims at the acquisition of knowledge regarding the fundamental concepts of Textual Criticism, as well as concerning different modalities of textual transmission and its implications in reading. Through a focus on particular cases of dealing with literary documents and establishing a text, students will develop skills of analysis and practice of editing.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Pedro Sepúlveda


Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





Cambraia, César Nardelli. Introdução à Crítica Textual. São Paulo: Martins Fontes, 2005.
Castro, Ivo. Editar Pessoa. 2.a edição. Lisboa: Imprensa Nacional-Casa da Moeda, 2013.
Chartier, Roger. A mensagem escrita e suas recepções. Do codex ao écran. In A ordem dos livros. Trad. Leonor Graça. Lisboa: Vega, 1997. 89-112.
Glossário de Crítica Textual. Lisboa: FCSH da Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
Keeleman, Erick. Textual Editing and Criticism: An Introduction. New York, London: W. W. Norton & Company, 2009.
McGann, Jerome J. The Textual Condition. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991.
Pierazzo, Elena. Textual Scholarship and Text Encoding. In A New Companion to Digital Humanities. Edited by Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens & John Unsworth. Oxford: Blackwell’s, 2016. 307-321.

Teaching method

Teaching methodology combines lecture and discussion of theoretical texts and examples of editions in class.

Evaluation method

Students should read the texts assigned for each class, deliver a short presentation of an edition (10-15 min) and participate in class (25% of the final grade). They should write a short essay on the presented edition (25%) and a final work where a brief exercise of editing is followed by a theoretical justification of the editorial criteria (50%).

Subject matter

The practice of Textual Criticism follows a double purpose: to analyse the different textual transmissions and, based on that analysis, establish an edition of the text. Therefore, the study of concepts and methods of Textual Criticism will be accompanied by the analysis of literary documents and editions, showing the importance of the bibliographic and editiorial dimension for its reading. The study of particular cases will be focused on authors of the literary and philosophical Modernity, among them Fernando Pessoa.


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