Slovenian Baroque literature during the Reformation and the Enlightenment
Comparative Studies of Ideas and Cultures (3rd level)Module:
Course code: 74
Contact hours: lectures 30 hours, seminar 30 hours, consultation 30 hours
Course type: elective
Teaching and learning methods: lectures, seminar
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.
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). 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.
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- Pogačnik, Jože, Kajetan Gantar, and Jože Faganel. Palmarium empyreum: spremne študije. Ljubljana: Slovenska akademija znanosti in umetnosti, 2001.
- Prunč, Erich, and Ogrin, Matija, eds. 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.
- Active participation in lectures and seminars.
- Students must write a term paper in order to take the exam.
- Students then take an oral exam on all of the material covered in the course.