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Project code: 6-03-246

Contacts ofCroatian and Bosnian-Muslim literature in the 19th century

Main researcher: ĆEKLIĆ, VASILIJE (80251)

Type of research: basic
Duration from: 01/01/92. to 01/01/95.

Papers on project (total): 0
Institution name: Pedagoški fakultet, Rijeka (9)
Department/Institute: Department of Philology
Address: Narodne omladine 14.
City: 51000 - Rijeka, Croatia
Phone: 385 (0) 516 533
Fax: 385 (0) 515 142
E-mail: }ekli} a mapef. pefri. hr.

Summary: The research comprises contacts and and penetrations of the Croatian and Bosnian-Muslim literature from the Illyrian Movement to 1918. The emphasis of the research is on the literary creation of a group of Muslim wroters, who are nationally Croatians; the group was formed in the eighties and ninties of the 19th century. This literary circle was active during disintegration and national polarisation in the class of Muslim educated persons, in the maelstrom of the opposed national interests under the alert and presures of the Austrian censorship. The members of the circle referred in two ways toward oriental cultural heritage. In their works some propagated western models of life criticizing results of oriental hide-boundness, and the others interceded for a fruitful connection between the West and East with an emphasized cult of tradition and Bosnian-Croatian patriotism. In the framework of the Croatian cultural and literary tradition their work offer a great possibilities for discovering new cognitions and valorizations of literary contribution that the Bosnian-Muslim writers had on the latter-day Croatian literature.

Keywords: Croatistics in Bosnia, literary history in the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century

Research goals: In the second half of the 19th century connections between Croatian and Bosnian-Muslim literaturs were systematically being developed. Starting from the beginning of the Illyrian Movement, a Muslim theme was continuosly present in the modern Croatian literature. The period of occupation and annexion of Bosnia and Herzegovina is especially interesting; it was the time when fruitful and specific political, economical, cultural, educational and literary relations between the Croatian and Bosnian-Muslim social environment were being developed. As the relations of the Croatian and Muslim writers, who considered themselves Croatians, have not not troughly been dealt with so far, the main objective of the research is to study and and analyze those relations in order to consider in detail the motif of interest for Bosnia and Herzegovina by Croatian writers, and the sources of Bosnian-Muslim inspiration in their works. The final aim of theresearch is an impartial valorization of the problem and liberation from negative political conotations that have been tabooed so far.

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