Methodology of literary scholarship

This course is part of the programme
Bachelor's study programme Slovene Studies (1st Level)

Objectives and competences

The purpose of this course is to learn about the importance and functions of the methodology of literary research, about modern disciplines of literary theory, and the development of new research methods to identify and critically evaluate different approaches in critical texts, as well as training in the use of different research methods.


The course continues the courses Introduction to the Study of Literature Including Literary Theory (1st year), An Overview of World Literature I, Slovene Literature I, and other courses on literature.


  • The analysis and evaluation of literary works and places of their author in literary history.
  • The emergence and development of the methodology of literary criticism from romanticism to the present.
  • Positivist and Geistesgeschichtliche methods, structuralist and post-structuralist method, psychoanalytical method and reader-response criticism method (founders, the main representatives and the links with other methods).
  • Newer methods of literary studies (women's studies, cultural materialism, intertextuality, new historicism, empirical literary science).
  • The methodological pluralism (author, social environment, language, consciousness, the reader).

Intended learning outcomes

Students will learn the basic methods of literary criticism. They can analyze and interpret a literary text in a multi-directional and multi-layered way


Kos, Janko: Stari in novi modeli literarne zgodovine, ZRC SAZU, Ljubljana 2003.
Kos, Janko: Metodološki in ideološki pluralizem v sodobni (postmoderni) literarni vedi, Razpotja slovenske literarne vede, ZRSŠ, Ljubljana 1998.
Virk, Tomo: Moderne metode literarne vede in njihove filozofsko teoretske osnove: metodologija 1, FF, Ljubljana 2003.
Hladnik, Miran: Količinske in empirične raziskave literature, Slavistična revija 43/3, SDS, Ljubljana 1995.
Dovič, Marijan: Sistemske in empirične raziskave literature, ZRC SAZU, Ljubljana 2004.


Successful completion of an oral examination. The paper presented in the seminar is a prerequisite for admission to the examination.

Lecturer's references

Assist Prof. Dr. Aleš Vaupotič is a lecturer in literature at the School of humanities, University of Nova Gorica. His research areas include literary realism, theory of new media art, and theory of discourse. Selected articles:

VAUPOTIČ, Aleš. The book and the World Wide Web. Primer. književ., jun. 2012, letn. 35, št. 1, str. 201-211, ilustr. [COBISS.SI-ID 49282658]

VAUPOTIČ, Aleš. Peirceova teorija raziskave kot poetološki model : primer literarnega realizma = Peirce's theory of inquiry as a poetological model : the case of literary realism. V: ŠKULJ, Jola (ur.), HABJAN, Jernej (ur.). Živo branje : literatura, znanost in humanistika : literature, science and the humanities, (Primerjalna književnost, letn. 35, št. 2). Ljubljana: Slovensko društvo za primerjalno književnost, 2012, avg. 2012, letn. 35, št. 2, str. 83-93, 225-236. [COBISS.SI-ID 49711970]

VAUPOTIČ, Aleš. Kdo izbere, kaj bralec bere? Kibertekstualna perspektiva = Who chooses what the reader reads? The cybertextual perspective. V: DOVIĆ, Marijan (ur.), HABJAN, Jernej (ur.), VAUPOTIČ, Aleš (ur.). "Kdo izbere?" : Literatura in literarno posredništvo : Literature and literary mediation, (Primerjalna književnost, letn. 33, št. 2). Ljubljana: Slovensko društvo za primerjalno književnost, avg. 2010, str. 151-161, 321-331. [COBISS.SI-ID 43258466]

VAUPOTIČ, Aleš. Realism revisited : Dicken's Hard Times as a narrativized archive. V: MONTANDON, Alain (ur.). Fortunes et infortunes des genres littéraires, (Caietele Echinox, vol. 16). Cluj-Napoca: Université "Babeş-Bolyai", Le Centre de Recherches sur l'Imaginaire: University Phantasma, The Center for Imagination Studies, 2009, str. 175-185. [COBISS.SI-ID 2190075]

VAUPOTIČ, Aleš. Literarno-estetski doživljaj in novi mediji - prihodnost literature?. Primer. književ., 2007, letn. 30, št. 1, str. 203-216. [COBISS.SI-ID 34809186]