Textual Criticism and Text Commentary
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Tekstoloogia ja teksti kommentaar
Course title in English
Textual Criticism and Text Commentary
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
Grigori Utgof (vene keel) tavaline kursus
lecturer of 2020/2021  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To consider commentary as significant phenomenon of literature and culture giving a presentation of the main methods of the different types of texts commentary.
To prepare students for commenting texts.
Brief description of the course
Commentary as genre of research and its tradition hermeneutics method. Cultural differences of the Commentary. The role of commentary in the philosophy works, history researches, in literature and culture. Commentary as the phenomenon of the entire culture in general is located between the original text (or its translation) and purely creative work of commentator.
The types of commentary.
Commentary practices individually and in the groups, which will be discussed at the seminars.
Independent work
Fiction texts reading and commenting, individual commentary compiling.
Learning outcomes in the course
Understands history and traditions of the commentary as scholar genre. Know how to perceive commented text as a system. Have skills to draw conclusions about parts of the text, that need comments. Have a practical text commenting knowledge.
Assessment methods
Exam, that has two parts: 1) student’s work at the seminars, 2) the final work on the course – compiled commentary on the theme by agreement with the teacher.
Vanemteadur Aurika Meimre
Replacement literature
The Classical Commentary: Histories, Practices, Theory / Ed. Roy K. Gibson, Christina Kraus// Mnemosyne. Supplements, 232. Leiden, 2002.
Henderson J. Scripture, Canon and Commentary, Princeton, 1991