Close and distant reading of Slovenian novel

Objectives and competences

The main goal of the course is to provide students with an overview of the development of the Slovene novel, to acquaint them with the basic form, type, genre and thematic characteristics of the Slovene novel and to train them for independent analysis and interpretation of literary texts from that period.
The aim of the course is to train students to understand the development of new approaches in literary studies. Competences: students expand and deepen their knowledge in the field of literary methodology, Slovenian and European novels. They are able to argue the advantages of individual methods and approaches, to connect their similarities and differences.


The successful integration in the study course is connected with the knowledge of other literary-historical and cultural historical formations in the field of Slovenian literature and culture and linguistics.


• A set of introductory lectures: What is distant reading, distant reading vs. traditional methods in literary studies, distant reading and digital humanities.
• Seminar: Distant Reading - Case Study.
• Lecture: Slovenian novel: its development in relation to the European novel in the long 19th century (6 hours).
• Slovenian novel
- development in relation to the European novel in the long 19th century (realistic novel and novel in the modern period),
- social realism in the novel,
-Slovenian modernist novel,
-postmodernist novel,
-contemporary Slovenian novel
Seminar: Moretti: Franco MORETTI, “Style, Inc. Reflections on Seven Thousand Titles (British Novels, 1740–1850).
• Seminar: Slovenian novel: case studies: comparison of traditional approaches, critical reading and reflection on the challenges of distant reading.
• Lecture: ELTeC Collection - European Literary Text Collection (ELTeC) definition of criteria, review of collections of individual literatures.
• Lecture: ELTeC as a starting point for the research Thresholds to the “Great Unread”: Titling Practices and Eleven ELTeC Collections.
• Seminar: design of own research of a Slovenian novel from the ELTec collection.
Independent work: the student's independent work includes: reading selected novels in the Slovenian ELTeC corpus (50 hours), exam preparation (30 hours).

Intended learning outcomes

Students master basic literary-historical concepts related to the Slovenian novel. They are able to problematically deal with literary periods, directions, currents and other literary phenomena and to think critically about the relationship between these phenomena.


  • Helga Glušič: Slovenska pripovedna proza v drugi polovici 20. stoletja. Ljubljana, 2002. Catalogue
  • Franco Moretti: Distant Reading. London and New York, 2013, 71–86. E-version
  • Jože. Pogačnik: Slovenska književnost I. Ljubljana, 1998. Catalogue
  • Ted Underwood: “Distant Reading and the Blurry Edges of Genre”, 22 October 2014. E-version
  • Matthew Willkens, “Digital Humanities and its Application in the Study of Literature and Culture, Comparative Literature, 2015, 67/1, 11–20. E-version
  • Franc Zadravec: Slovenski roman 20. stoletja. Murska Sobota, Ljubljana, 1997. Catalogue


Written exam. By continuously completing written assignments and actively participating in the seminar, students can obtain a 30% grade point average.

Lecturer's references

Prof. dr. Katja Mihurko Poniž is a literary historian who incorporates the findings of the digital humanities into her approaches. is the leader of the Women Writers in History working group at the pan-European digital humanities network DARIAH Actively participates in the COST campaign Distant reading for European Literary History. She is the co-author of the article "Thresholds tothe" Great Unread ": Titling Practices in Eleven ELTeC Collections" (currently in the process of review) and participated in the Slovenian edition of the ELTec collection.

ERJAVEC, Tomaž, HLADNIK, Miran, JUVAN, Marko, MIHURKO PONIŽ, Katja. COST-ELTeC/ELTeC-slv: release with 94 novels in level 1 encoding. [CERN: Genève], 2019. 1 spletni vir., doi: 10.5281/zenodo.3518109. [COBISS.SI-ID 19203075]

POLLAK, Senja, MARTINC, Matej, MIHURKO PONIŽ, Katja. Natural language processing for literary text analysis : word-embeddings-based analysis of Zofka Kvederʼs Work. V: JOSÉ FINATTO, Maria (ur.), POLLAK, Senja (ur.). Proceedings of the Workshop on Digital Humanities and Natural Language Processing (DHandNLP 2020), co-located with International Conference on the Computational Processing of Portuguese (PROPOR 2020), Évora, Portugal, March 2nd, 2020, (CEUR workshop proceedings, ISSN 1613-0073, Vol. 2607). [S. l.]: CEUR-WS. cop. 2020, str. 1–9. [COBISS.SI-ID 16930563]

MIHURKO PONIŽ, Katja. Digitalizacija literarne ustvarjalnosti: študija primera Zofke Kveder = Digitalisation of the literary creativity: a case study of Zofka Kveder. V: Digital humanities and Slavic cultural heritage: international scientific conference, Belgrade, 6–7 May 2019: [the book of summaries] = Digitalna humanistika i slovensko kulturno nasleće: međunarodna naučna konferencija, Beograd, 6. –7. maj 2019: [zbornik sažetaka]. Beograd: University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philology: = Univerzitet u Beogradu, Filološki fakultet. 2019, str. 27–28. [COBISS.SI-ID 5386747]

MIHURKO PONIŽ, Katja, BOVCON, Narvika, TRAJANOV, Aneta, SMREKAR, Tina. Digitalizacija kulturne dediščine v dveh projektih programa Študentski inovativni projekti za družbeno korist. V: FIŠER, Darja (ur.), ERJAVEC, Tomaž (ur.). Jezikovne tehnologije in digitalna humanistika: zbornik konference : 24. –25. september 2020, Ljubljana, Slovenija = Proceedings of the Conference on Language Technologies and Digital Humanities: September 24th–25th 2020, Ljubljana, Slovenia. 1st ed. Ljubljana: Inštitut za novejšo zgodovino: = Institute of Contemporary History. 2020, str. 66–73, ilustr. [COBISS.SI-ID 30294531]