A Compromise “World Text”

  • Marko JuvanEmail author
Part of the Canon and World Literature book series (CAWOLI)


Nineteenth-century European literatures witnessed the move from classical to modern writing (Barthes). Whereas the novel as a popular form of modern writing represented the national character of core literatures, peripheries instead grounded their nationhood on the epic as a genre of classical writing. Prešeren’s Byronic verse tale of 1836 illustrates a peripheral “modern epic” (Moretti). Fragmented, ambiguous, evoking the epic tradition, novelistic plot, and world history, it is about the compromise of an epic hero and his renunciation of the national cause. While Prešeren’s poem entered the canon as epitomizing the national “essence,” the first Slovenian novel, which in 1866 came across as a compromise between an international form and local perspective (Moretti’s formula), remained popular without being representative of the nation.


Classical and modern writing Novel Epic Modern epic Compromise Center and periphery 

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  1. 1.Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and ArtsLjubljanaSlovenia

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