An attempt at defining "minority" literature: A case study in the literary production of the Italian minority in Slovenia and Croatia and of the Slovenian minority in Italy

International Journal of Language, Translation and Intercultural Communication

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Title An attempt at defining "minority" literature: A case study in the literary production of the Italian minority in Slovenia and Croatia and of the Slovenian minority in Italy
 
Creator Cergol, Jadranka
 
Subject Literature; minority literature; Slovens in Italy; Italians in Slovenia and Croatia
 
Description The article problematizes the use of the term “minority” literature in the literary context. The term was proposed by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari who defined minor/minority literature as literature that a minority constructed within a major language (and not literature written in a minor language). According to them, minor literature was characterized by a high level of the deterritorialization of language, a link between the individual and the topical political situations and thirdly by a the collective value. This definition proves to be too narrow and applicable only to a part of this literature and not to its entire corpus. The aim of the article is therefore to provide a new definition of “minority literature” by taking into account literature written by Slovenes living in Italy and literature written by Italians living in Slovenia and Croatia. As for the typological elements characteristic of literature written on the both sides of the Slovenian-Italian border, the article points out that the two literary systems are marked by the ontological dimension, interculturalism as an ethic value, pronounced national, linguistic and spatial elements, and historical memory. The article even goes a step forward and poses the question whether “minority literature” could be regarded as a completely independent supranational literary system.
 
Publisher Department of Translation and Interpreting, University of Ioannina
 
Contributor Miran Košuta, University of Trieste

 
Date 2015-02-13
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion

 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://ejournals.epublishing.ekt.gr/index.php/latic/article/view/2729
10.12681/ijltic.23
 
Source International Journal of Language, Translation and Intercultural Communication; Vol 2 (2014): Special Issue: Migration and Diaspora; 61-68
International Journal of Language, Translation and Intercultural Communication; Vol 2 (2014): Special Issue: Migration and Diaspora; 61-68
2241-7214
2241-4304
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://ejournals.epublishing.ekt.gr/index.php/latic/article/view/2729/2503
 

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