Valvasor Studies at Monash University 2013
Faculty of Arts Slavic Studies
Post-Yugoslav and Slovenian Culture in Slavic Research
12th March 2013
Post-Yugoslav Literatures and Cultures
Slavic Studies maintains strong research links with the literatures, languages and cultures of former Yugoslavia: Staff: Associate Professor Vladiv-Glover’s monographs Lyrical Drama in Slavic Modernism [Lirska drama slovenskog modernizma], (Belgrade:“Prosveta,”1997); Postmodernism from Kiš to the Present [Posmodernizam od Kiša do danas], (Belgarde: “Prosveta,” 2003); Poetics of Realism: Dostoevsky, Flaubert, Tolstoy [ Poetika realizma: Dostojesvki, Flober, Tolstoj], (Pančevo:”Mali Nemo,” 2010).
Graduate (PhD) students: Milan Orlić (PhD candidate), who is writing on the narrative structure of the Serbian novel (Modernism and postmodernism), and who is a co-editor of the Special Issue on “Transcultural Directions in Slavic and Comparative Literature (Graduate Issue),” Transcultural Studies: A Series in Interdisciplinary Research, Vols. 6-7 (2010-2011) 2012, 215 pp.; Zdravka Gugleta (PhD candidate), who is working on Serbian and World poetry (Vasko Popa and Charles Simic) and who has published on “Edward Dennis Goy, “The Escaped Mystery – the Poetry of Momčilo Nastasijević,” Transcultural Studies: A Series in Interdisciplinary Research, Vol. 8 (2012):197-203; Lara Jakica (PhD candidate), who is working on the uses of folk mythology in contemporary Serbian cultural discourse and who has published “The Problem of Resurrection of Kosovo Mythology in Serbian Popular Culture,” Transcultural Studies: A Series in Interdisciplinary Research, Vols. 6-7 (2010-2011) 2012:150-157.
Slovenian Literature and Culture
Research in Slavic Studies includes the new literature (in English translation and Slovene) of post-communist Slovenia. This is a developing cultural region of the “new Europe” which is already producing some excellent work of relevance to cultural studies in general. For an example, see Andrej Blatnik’s short story. Also, read Andrej Blatnik’s biography.
This is a new research collection consisting of a facsimile edition of rare European art prints from 15th to 17th
centuries, collected by the Austrian-Slovenian polymath and scholar Baron Johann Weichard von Valvasor during
his travels between 1659 to 1672 in Europe. It consists of 7,752 prints and drawings by a pantheon of master
artists of Europe, among them: Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach, Rembrandt van Rjin, and many others prominent
Austrian, Carinthian, Dutch, English, Flemish, French, German, and Italian artists. This first edition is a
publication arranged exactly as Valvasor himself organized it over 300 years ago, according to theme, technique and nationality of the authors.
The facsimile was published in 2008 by the Janez Vajkard Valvasor Foundation at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
The collection Iconotheca Valvasoriana was handed over to the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne on 27 September 2010 by the Minister for Slovenes Abroad of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr. Boštjan Žekš.
Now in the Metropolitan Library of Zagreb, the original Collection is part of the Croatian State Archives. It is held in the Department of Prints and Drawings of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts as the major collection of old graphic and drawings in Croatia. It contains works of all the significant graphic artists of Europe of the period. Bishop Aleksandar Mikulić purchased the collection in 1691, together with Valvasor’s library of 1520 books for the Archiepiscopal Library of Zagreb.
This original research material is open to postgraduates who wish to write an MA or a PhD thesis on a topic related to Valvasor or his collection.
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