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The Reception of Older Poetry in the Pannonian Language Area

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Code Science Field Subfield
6.07.00  Humanities  Literary sciences   

Code Science Field
6.02  Humanities  Languages and Literature 
Slovenian literary history, Croatian literary history, East Styrian literature, Prekmurje literature, Kajkavian literature, Burgenland literature, poetry, manuscripts, Pannonian linguistic and literary system, digital humanities
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Researchers (1)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  39183  PhD Nina Ditmajer  Literary sciences  Head  2021 - 2024  138 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0618  Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts  Ljubljana  5105498000  62,962 
The Reception of Older Poetry in the Pannonian Language Area The proposed two-year postdoctoral research project delves into an area that has so far been overlooked in Slovenian literary history. It renounces the traditional division of national literatures into centres and peripheries and tries to prove that an independent literary-linguistic system existed in the geographical area of ??medieval Lower Pannonia from the 16th century, and that this culturally strongly connected space was divided in the long 19th century by the centripetal tendencies of young political nations, such as Slovenia. Since the middle of the 19th century, Slovenian and Croatian national literary history has treated Pannonian literature in East Styria, Prekmurje, Burgenland and the Kajkavian area as dialectal and marginal due to the non-acceptance of a single national literary language (Carniolan and Štokavian). The proposed research will present a new, holistic view of multilingual literature in the Pannonian linguistic-geographical area, disregarding today’s national and state borders of Slovenia, Croatia, Austria and Hungary, mainly with the help of lesser-known or completely unknown hymnals. The spatial framework of the research is represented by four Slavic language areas in the former Pannonian territory of the Habsburg Monarchy and Hungary. In the context of the then literary multilingualism, the research also takes into account neighboring literary cultures such as German and Hungarian. The timeframe is the period from the formation to the decline of all of the four Pannonian literatures whose language is identified as literary in this research, that is, from the 16th to the middle of the 19th century. The emphasis will be on hymnals of the 18th and 19th centuries, as the research presupposes and proves the existence of a longer or older poetic tradition that was transmitted orally and was mostly written down only in later periods. Thematic and text-critical analysis will therefore be at the forefront of the research. The analysis and publication of the results is largely based on the methods of auxiliary historical sciences, digital humanities, comparative studies and linguistic analysis. The project will include a comparative analysis of the most common and characteristic religious and secular poetic genres in this period. Based on the review of manuscripts and printed hymnals to date, the following genres stand out among religious genres of poetry: festive, saintly, Mary’s, Christ’s and eschatological songs. Among the secular poetic genres, the most characteristic are those that have been included in the curricula of grammar schools: these are elegy, idyll, ode and didactic poems, while war poems and national revival poems are often represented in handwritten songbooks. Comparative analysis will discover and analyse those religious poems that show a transcriptional tradition in Pannonian hymnals. This is less present in secular poetry, as, for example, a modern authorial concept was already being established in the Romantic period. In this type of poetry, we will therefore focus more on the analysis of poetic themes, motifs, ideas and stanza forms. The planned results of the project include the online publication of codicological descriptions and facsimiles of hitherto unknown Prekmurje manuscript hymnals, an interactive exhibition of Prekmurje, Styrian and Kajkavian hymnals at the University Library Maribor, lectures in Slovenia and abroad, publication of two scientific articles in central Slovenian and Croatian literary journals, and a monograph of the project leader in both printed and electronic form.
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