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Dubrovnik as a Challenge to 20th Century croatian Lyricists


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Fališevac, Dunja. (2007). Dubrovnik as a Challenge to 20th Century croatian Lyricists. Dani Hvarskoga kazališta : Građa i rasprave o hrvatskoj književnosti i kazalištu, 33(1). pp. 69-94. ISSN 1849-0255

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The article reviews the relationship of three Croatian lyricists of the 20th century – Miroslav Krleža, Ivan Slamnig and Luko Paljetak – with Dubrovnik as a mythical, emblematic town of national history and high culture, especially the relation with Ivan Gundulić. After the introduction, which, using the example of August Šenoa, describes the glorifying and panegyric relation of 19th century Croatian poets with the Town and its literature; it analyses the lyrical texts by Miroslav Krleža (Balade Petrice Kerempuha), Ivan Slamnig (Dronta and Sed scholae) and Luko Paljetak (Pjesni na dubrovačku) which thematise the city of Dubrovnik, its culture and the cannon Baroque poet; and strives to show that each of these three poets had a specific relationship with the Dubrovnik early Medieval times: while M. Krleža leads a contradictory, ironic dialogue, induced by his own left-wing conceptions, I. Slamnig leads an Elliottist dialogue throughout centuries, a dialogue in which history enlightens the present as much as the present does history, whereas Luko Paljetak leads a modern, post-modern monologue/dialogue with the history of Dubrovnik characterised by banalising and trivialising the mythical past, however permeated with yearning and nostalgia.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Slavic languages and literatures > Croatian language and literature
Departments: Department of Croatian Language and Literature
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2018 11:10
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2018 11:10

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