Theory of Literary Discourse

Objectives and competences

The student knows the literary-theoretical directions of the 20th century, their methodological peculiarities. The student masters the terminology of literary discourse theory
The student understands literature as a “historical, cultural and social variable” (Juvan 2006,35) and a literary text as a “dynamic, open excerpt from the cross processes of generating understanding and processing of meanings arising in historical networks of interpersonal, interlinguistic, intertextual and sociocultural relations. therefore within social interaction. ” (Juvan 2006, 49).


Enrollment in the 1st year of the programme.


The course follows the design of an important Slovenian monograph in the field (Juvan: Literary Science in Reconstruction) and is designed in two parts: The first is devoted to the place of literary theory in literary science and its relationship to literary history various concepts and concepts (discourse, history, historicism, text, context,
textology, structure, literature, fiction, reality, intertextuality, style,
identity, otherness, canon, space, cultural memory, literary system, the knowledge and understanding of which is the basis for understanding the field of literary theory. These concepts are also presented in a historical perspective: how important literary theorists defined those concepts. The seminar discusses groundbreaking literary theoretical studies and discusses the possibilities for interpreting various texts from Slovenian and world literature on the basis of these theories.

Intended learning outcomes

Students understand the development of literary theory in a historical perspective, get acquainted with new literary theoretical concepts and their use in literary science.


  • Culler, Jonathan D, Literarna teorija: zelo kratek uvod [Literary theory: a very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2011, več izdaj]. Ljubljana: Krtina, 2008. Catalogue slv Catalogue eng
  • Marko Juvan, Literarna veda v rekonstrukciji: Uvod v sodobni študij literature. Ljubljana: LUD Literatura, 2006. Catalogue
  • Kos, Janko. Literarna teorija, DZS, Ljubljana 2001. Catalogue
  • Virk, Tomo. Metodologija literarne vede. Catalogue


Test (30%), Active participation during the lectures and in the seminar (20%) Written exam (50%)

Lecturer's references

Assoc. Prof. Kristina Pranjić, PhD graduated in comparative literature, and Russian language and literature at the University of Ljubljana. She defended her doctoral thesis entitled Non-objective Sound and Image: Bely, Kruchenykh, Malevich at the same institution in 2018. She led the research project Yugoslav Avantgardes and Metropolitan Dada (1916–1927): A Multidirectional and Transnational Genealogy, financed by the Slovenian Research Agency (2019–2021). Currently she is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Humanities and the Academy of Arts of the University of Nova Gorica, where she leads the modules Theory and History of Art and Media, and Discourses in Practice. At the Faculty of Media in Ljubljana she lectures on Media Art and Graphic Design, and the semiotics of media and communications. In her theoretical and research work, she focuses mainly on the historical avant-garde of the 20th century and the re-actualization of the avant-garde today. She has conducted research in the field of art and literature of historical avant-garde and new media art and aesthetics at the University of Konstanz, the University of Belgrade and the University of Paris 8.

Selection of articles:
1. PRANJIĆ, Kristina. Ljubomir Micić in Branko Ve Poljanski v reviji Maska : (1920/21). Borec : revija za zgodovino, literaturo in antropologijo. 2021, letn. 73, št. 793/795, str. 61-70.
2. PRANJIĆ, Kristina. The emergence and establishment of Yugoslav dada : from Prague to Zagreb : (1920-1922). Svět literatury. 2021, vol. 31, no. 64, str. 89-103.
3. PRANJIĆ, Kristina. Značaj ljubljanskog časopisa Maska (1920/21) u kontekstu jugoslovenskih avangardi. Zbornik radova Akademije umetnosti. 2021, br. 9, str. 111-121, ilustr.
4. PRANJIĆ, Kristina. Prispevek umetnosti in nedvojnosti k znanstvenemu raziskovanju prvoosebnega izkustva. Anthropos : časopis za psihologijo in filozofijo ter za sodelovanje humanističnih ved. 2020, letn. 52, št. 3/4, str. 131-143.
5. PRANJIĆ, Kristina. Zenitistični koncept barbarogenija kot kritika zahodnoevropske kulture. Primerjalna književnost. 2020, letn. 43, št. 3, str. 139-157.
6. GERMEK, Magdalena, PRANJIĆ, Kristina. Constructing new signifiers with aesthetic intervention : using coal in design. Zonemoda journal. 2020, vol. 10, iss. 1s, str. 121-132, ilustr.
7. PRANJIĆ, Kristina. Premagati silo gravitacije na presečišču umetnosti in tehnologije : primer ruskega konstruktivizma. Časopis za kritiko znanosti. 2019, letn. 47, št. 277, str. 102-116, ilustr.
8. PRANJIĆ, Kristina. Brezpredmetnost in ekonomičnost v poeziji = Objectlessness and economy in poetry. Slavica Tergestina. 2019, 22, str. 50-68, ilustr.
9. PRANJIĆ, Kristina. Formalne mistične prakse ruskega futurizma. Slavistična revija : časopis za jezikoslovje in literarne vede. 2019, letn. 67, št. 3, str. 479-486.
10. PRANJIĆ, Kristina. Vek perehoda ot videnija k probelu. Kommentarii. 2018, no. 32, str. 147-153.
11. PRANJIĆ, Kristina. Misliti v simbolih, ustvarjati avantgardno. Slavistična revija : časopis za jezikoslovje in literarne vede. 2018, letn. 66, št. 3, str. 299-314.
12. PRANJIĆ, Kristina. Zvočna destabilizacija jezika : zaum in glosolalija. Zbornik Matice srpske za slavistiku. 2018, 93, str. 231-247.