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Models of comparative and national literary histories

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.07.00  Humanities  Literary sciences   

Code Science Field
H390  Humanities  General and comparative literature, literary criticism, literary theory 
comparative literature, Slovene literature, literary history, literary methodology, hermeneutics, theory of history
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Researchers (3)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publications
1.  18921  PhD Matevž Kos  Literary sciences  Researcher  2003 - 2005  624 
2.  18856  PhD Vid Snoj  Humanities  Researcher  2003 - 2005  452 
3.  14508  PhD Tomislav Virk  Literary sciences  Principal Researcher  2003 - 2005  1,099 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publications
1.  0581  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts  Ljubljana  1627058  94,541 
Traditional models of literary history, i.e. literary histories of a particular nation, of world literature or comparative literary histories, which found their theoretical foundations in biological, organicistic, positivistic, socio-historical tenets or in "Geistesgeschichte", were at the beginning of the twentieth century severely criticised by representatives of the most influential currents and models of literary studies, e.g. by early Russian formalists, representatives of New Criticism and later by French structuralists. Consequently, for half a century literary studies were dominated by literary theory, while the question of literary history remained in the background, since new methods (except late Russian formalism) could not be applied to the formulation of literary history. A new of interest in literary history emerged with the receptionist aesthetics of the Constance School (in particular with the work of H. R. Jauss) and with the formation of the following methodological currents: women studies, cultural materialism, criticism of ideology, new historicism, cultural studies and empirical literary studies. These new approaches to literary studies drew heavily on contemporary critical discussion of historicity and historical disciplines in general (in the work of H. G. Gadamer, H. White, M. Foucault etc.)The research will first focus on the systemic overview and systematisation of these new methodological approaches to literary history. It will attempt to establish their advantages and disadvantages compared to those of traditional approaches, and also evaluate their applicability by applying them to different texts. A special attention will be paid to the question whether the same methodological model could be used for national literary history and for comparative literary history. The results could be used not only in the current debate of the possibility of creating literary history in Slovenia (and similarly also in other countries), but also in highlighting some aspects of literary didactics, connected with the issues of establishing a (national) literary canon.
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