Jola Škulj

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Institute of Slovenian Literature and Literary Studies, Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
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A senior research fellow at the Institute of Slovene Literature and Literary Studies at the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts (Ljubljana).


Executive Committee, Slovenian Association of Comparative Literature (SDPK/SCLA); secretary (1985-1997); president (1997-2002);

member of Executive Committee 2002 - . Executive Council of AICL/ICLA since August 2004 ICLA Research Committee on Eastern and South-Eastern Europe since Fall 2003;

Member of Executive Committee of European Network of Comparative Studies/Réseau Européen d’études comparatistes (REELC/ENCLS) since May 2003 - 2005;

2005 - 2007 Editorial board, Primerjalna književnost (Comparative Literature) 1990 -

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modernism, postmodernism, textuality, novel, narrativity, historicity, cross-national and cross-cultural issues, cultural identity, cultural memory, semiosphere; semiotics, structuralism, poststructuralism, dialogical criticism, geocriticism;

Scholarly interests: In her research interests, Jola Škulj focuses on theoretical and methodological aspects of literature, as well as on historical studies of the 20th century in comparatist perspective. After studying Slovene and English Literature and Linguistics, she took up studies in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory and received her B.A. (1980) and M.A. (1991) in comparatistics and literary theory from the University of Ljubljana. During her student years she had consultations with Professor David Lodge at the Birmingham University and with Professors John Fletcher, Malcolm Bradbury and Roger Fowler at the University of East Anglia (Norwich). She was a fellow of the Salzburg seminar on postmodernism (1977) and has attended the ICLA triennial congresses since 1976. In addition to her varied scholarly interests, she organized some meetings and conferences (on postmodernism, poststructuralism/deconstruction, Bakhtin and the Humanities, etc.; the recent one was an international colloquium on "Literature and Spaces/Spaces of Transgressiveness"). She edited some books and is a member of the editorial board of Primerjalna književnost. - She was invited into some international research projects: in years 1990-1992 on “Cultural Identity and the Politics of English” (coordinated by the Birkbeck College of the University of London), 2002-2005 in the ACUME project on ‘Cultural Memory’ (coordinated by the University of Bologna) and currently in the ACUME 2 programme "Interfacing Science, Literature and the Humanities" (2006-2009). She took also a part in the research project "National Literatures, Central Europe, Europe, and the World: Methodological Problems of Comparative Literary Criticism from the Aspect of Czech-Slovene Relations" organized in 2003-2005 in partnership of ISLLV (ZRC SAZU) and Masaryk University, Brno. - Within the current institute's project on "Electronic Critical Editions" she is focusing the theme "A Dynamic Authenticity of Texts in E-Archives: On Digitized Cultural Resources in Comparative Literary Studies".



  • 'Comparative Literature and Cultural Identity. A Bakhtinian Proposal', in Comparative Literature Now: Theories and Practice, ed. by Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek, Milan V. Dimić, Irene Sywenky. Paris: Honoré Champion, 1999, pp. 209-217.
  • 'Multilingualism as Strategy of Modernist Dialogism', in Multilinguale Literatur im 20. Jahrhundert, ed. by Manfred Schmeling and Monika Schmitz-Emans. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2002, pp.105-117.
  • 'The Novel and its Terrain(s) of Reinterpreted Identities in the Age of Globalization', in Genre of the Novel in Contemporary World Literature. A Leap or a Standstill?, ed. by Jüri Talvet. Tartu: Tartu University Press (Interlitteraria, 2004, 9), pp. 28-48.
  • 'Literature and Space: Textual, Artistic, and Cultural Spaces of Transgressiveness', in Literature and Space: Spaces of Transgressiveness, ed. by Jola Škulj and Darja Pavlič. Ljubljana: Slovensko društvo za primerjalno književnost, 2004, pp. 21-37.
  • 'Landscape and the Spatial in Modernist Representations', in Das Paradigma der Landschaft in Moderne und Postmoderne, ed. by Manfred Schmeling and Monika Schmitz-Emans. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2006 (to be published in 2006).