COURSE DESCRIPTION

Slovenian Baroque literature during the Reformation and the Enlightenment


Programme:

Comparative Studies of Ideas and Cultures (3rd level)

Module:
Literature in Context

Course code: 74

Year: undefined


Course principal:
Assist. Prof. Matija Ogrin, Ph.D

ECTS: 6

Contact hours: lectures 30 hours, seminar 30 hours, consultation 30 hours

Course type: elective

Languages: Slovenian, English

Teaching and learning methods: lectures, seminar

Co-lecturer: Monika Deželak Trojar, Ph.D.

 

Course Syllabus

Content (Syllabus outline)

This course presents a synthesis of recent findings on Slovenian Baroque literature as a complex process of spiritual and literary culture transformations between the Reformation and the Enlightenment. In connection with these changes and in the light of new material discovered in recent years, the course presents an overview of writers, genres, and literary forms used in both religious and secular works in Slovenian and other languages (especially German and Latin). The continuity of Slovenian standard language, developed and codified by the Slovenian protestant writers of the 16th century, straight into the Catholic writings of the 17th and 18th Centuries is considered a fundamental cultural vehicle. Special attention is dedicated to the concluding stage of the Late Baroque and its tenacity in certain layers of literary culture that extended late into the Enlightenment or even beyond. The conflict between Baroque and Enlightenment culture is presented, reflected in the extended existence of Baroque manuscript culture or the increased role of manuscripts as mediators of literary texts. The issue of literary genres is elucidated, especially lesser-known sermons and meditative prose (by Franciscan, Jesuit, and Capuchin writers), and the influence of rhetoric, which played the role of poetics in this literature. The course presents recent findings on early Slovenian drama, especially passion plays (the Škofja Loka and Eisenkappel Passion Plays), and issues connected with the textual transmission of Slovenian songs in the process of their transformation from melodies towards independent poetry.

 

Readings

  • Deželak Trojar, Monika. Skalarjev rokopis 1643: Editio princeps. Znanstvenokritična izdaja. Celjska Mohorjeva družba; Inštitut za slovensko literaturo in literarne vede ZRC SAZU, 2011.
  • Juvan, Marko. Baročne pridige in citatno povzemanje izročila. Vezi Besedila. Študije o slovenski književnosti in medbesedilnosti. Ljubljana: Literarno-umetniško društvo Literatura, 2000.
  • Ogrin Matija (ur.): Register slovenskih rokopisov 17. in 18. stoletja. Neznani rokopisi slovenskega slovstva (NRSS), 2011 http://ezb.ijs.si/nrss/ .
  • Ogrin, Matija. Slovenska pridiga baročne dobe in redovne province: med retoričnim izročilom in redovniško karizmo. Arhivi: glasilo Arhivskega društva in arhivov Slovenije2 (2017): 217-232.
  • Ogrin, Matija. Confraternities in the Slovenian lands and their significance for Baroque Slovenian literature. Acta historiae artis Slovenica2 (2018): 233-243, 287.
  • Ogrin, Matija. Poznobaročni slovenski rokopisi – literarna tradicija v spoprijemu z razsvetljensko cenzuro. V: Vidmar, Luka (ur.). Cenzura na Slovenskem od protireformacije do predmarčne dobe. Ljubljana: Založba ZRC, 2020. 119-150.
  • Ogrin, Matija, Monika Deželak Trojar et. al.: Škofjeloški pasijon: znanstvenokritična izdaja. Celjska Mohorjeva družba; Slovenska akademija znanosti in umetnosti; ZRC SAZU, 2009.
  • Pogačnik, Jože, Jože Faganel (ur.). Zbornik o Janezu Svetokriškem: prispevki s simpozija v Vipavskem Križu, 22.-24. aprila 1999. Ljubljana: Slovenska akademija znanosti in umetnosti, 2000.
  • Pogačnik, Jože, Kajetan Gantar in Jože Faganel. Palmarium empyreum: spremne študije. Ljubljana: Slovenska akademija znanosti in umetnosti, 2001.
  • Prunč, Erich, Ogrin, Matija (ur.). Kapelski pasijon. Editio princeps. Znanstvenokritična izdaja. ZRC SAZU, 2016.
  • Vidmar, Luka. Ljubljanski škofijski duhovniki kot pisci latinskih in nemških del v dobi baroka in razsvetljenstva. Ljubljanska škofija : 550 let. Ljubljana: Nadškofija Ljubljana, 2011. 437–456.

 

Objectives and competences

Students develop an understanding of and gain insight into the transformations of literary genres and forms during the period after the Reformation and until the emergence of modern nineteenth-century aesthetic literature. They understand the reception reasons and mechanisms that have made some seventeenth- and eighteenth-century works extremely well known and left others completely unknown. They are able to independently assess which areas or material they can use for further research on aspects of older Slovenian literature that to date have not been explored at all or have remained largely unexplored.

 

Intended learning outcomes

Students use the knowledge acquired in the course to write a piece of academic writing that can serve as a draft of a dissertation chapter or a research article.

 

Assessment

Long written assignment (70 %), presentation (20 %), Active participation in lectures and seminars (10 %).

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