Prešernovska struktura in svetovni literarni sistem [The “Prešernian Structure” and the World Literary System]

TitlePrešernovska struktura in svetovni literarni sistem [The “Prešernian Structure” and the World Literary System]
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsJuvan, Marko
Series TitleNovi pristopi
Volume55
Number of Pages383
PublisherLUD Literatura
CityLjubljana
ISBN978-961-6717-79-3
Keywordscultural nationalism, globalisation, national literature, national poet, Slovenian literature, world literary system, world literature
Abstract

Juvan’s book explores the asymmetrical relations between a peripheral literary field, such as that of Slovenia, and the world literary system. After offering a history of the idea of world literature and commenting on the evolution of its practices from Goethe to today’s globalization and transnationalism, the author focuses on the notion that Slovenian literature sacrificed its intrinsic individualism and artistic function because of its 19th-century engagement in the national movement. It was thus supposed to suffer from aesthetic insufficiency, underdevelopment, collectiveness and belatedness. This frustrating self-image evolved from comparisons of Slovenian literature with Western cultural centers, whereby Slovenian letters were mistakenly seen by its actors as a unique case. With reference to the Slovenian “national poet” France Prešeren (1800–1849), this generalizing notion has been termed the “Prešernian structure.”

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