Gender Stereotypes in Slovene Youth Literature

This course is part of the programme
Master's Degree Programme Humanities Studies

Objectives and competences

The course introduces students to the different forms of stereotype in youth literature. At the same time, students will learn about the use of contemporary, multidisciplinary theories in the study of Slovene youth literature. These argue that youth literature reproduces prejudices and stereotypes at a structural level in an unconscious way and that only by gaining knowledge about them can they be made aware of them. Students thus develop a sensitivity to detect the hidden mechanisms by which traditional value hierarchies are created in texts. All this gives them the possibility of critically transferring this model to other fields.

Prerequisites

The course is vertically integrated with courses on Slovene literature and literary theory and methodology. At the horizontal level, it is linked with other literary studies courses, as well as with psychology and didactics, and, in the case of some readings (illustrations), also with the fine arts.

Content

  • Definition of youth literature.
  • A brief overview of the development of literature for young adult readers.
  • Influence of foreign literature on young adults in our culture.
  • A review of translated youth literature.
  • Literary canon and the marginal nature of youth literature.
  • Stereotypes in selected relevant international and Slovene youth texts.

Intended learning outcomes

Students are trained to explore gender stereotypes in literature.

Readings

  • Album slovenskih ilustratorjev. Ljubljana: MK, 2005.
  • Bruno BETTELHEIM, 1999: Rabe čudežnega: o pomenu pravljic. Ljubljana : Studia humanitatis.Catalogue
  • Milena BLAŽIČ, 2007: Podoba otroka in otroštva v slovenski (mladinski) književnosti. Irena Novak Popov (ur.): Stereotipi v slovenskem jeziku, literaturi in kulturi. 43. seminar slovenskega jezika, literature in kulture. Ljubljana: Center za slovenščino kot drugi/tuji jezik pri Oddelku za slovenistiko Filozofske fakultete. 86–93. E-version
  • Polona HANŽEK NOVAK, 2004: V srcu mladi: bibliografija sodobnih mladinskih pisateljev.Ljubljana: Genija.
  • Marjana KOBE, 1987: Pogledi na mladinsko književnost. Ljubljana: MK. Catalogue
  • –, 2004: Vedež in začetki posvetnega mladinskega slovstva na Slovenskem: 1778–1850. Maribor: Mariborska knjižnica – Revija Otrok in knjiga.
  • – (ur.), 1996: Bisernica: slovenske kratke pripovedi za otroke 1945–1995. Ljubljana: MK.
  • Toril MOI, 1999: Politika spola/teksta. Ljubljana: LUD Literatura.Catalogue
  • Clarissa PINKOLA ESTÉS, 2003: Ženske, ki tečejo z volkovi: miti in zgodbe o arhetipu Divje ženske. Nova Gorica: Eno. Catalogue
  • Igor SAKSIDA, 1994: Mladinska književnost med literaturo in didaktiko. Maribor: Obzorja.
  • –, 2001: Slovenska književnost III. Ljubljana: DZS. (Poglavje o mladinski književnosti.) https://plus.cobiss.net/cobiss/si/sl/bib/png/110279168
  • –, 1998: Petdeset zlatnikov. Tržič: Učila, 1998.
  • Maria TATAR, 2003: The Hard Facts of the Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Princeton – Oxford: Princeton University Press.
  • Jack ZIPES, 2002: Breaking the Magic Spell: Radical Theories of Folk & Fairy Tales. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky.

Assessment

Written exam. 50 %
Successfully completed seminar assignment and active participation within the seminar are a prerequisite for the final examination. 50 %

Lecturer's references

Barbara Pregelj is Associate Professor of Literature at the University of Nova Gorica. Her research focuses on various aspects of the reception of Spanish literature in Slovenian literature, traductological issues, youth literature and literary interpretation, and she has designed and led a number of international and national projects in the field of motivation for reading.
She is a regular participant in congresses, symposia, round tables, lectures at home and abroad, and has organised several visits of foreign authors to Slovenia and literary studies symposia. She also works as a translator and an editor.

PREGELJ, Barbara. Podoba mladinske književnosti španskega govornega področja skozi njihove prevode v slovenščino. Hieronymus : revija o prevajalstvu. 2011, letn. 5, št. 1/2, str. 65-81.
PREGELJ, Barbara. Še o slovenski književni krajini. Sodobnost. jul. 2019, letn. 83, št. 6, str. 1-8.
PREGELJ, Barbara, ŠIFRAR KALAN, Marjana. From reading promotion strategies to the interactive book. V: STOJANOVA, Nadežda (ur.). Literatura i tehnika : sbornik s dokladi ot naučna konferenciya, provedena v Sofiskiiya Universitet "Sv. Kliment Okhridski", 9-11 mart 2018 g. 1. izd. Sofija: Universitetsko izdateljstvo "Sv. Kliment Okhridski", 2018. Str. 317-324.
PREGELJ, Barbara. Prevajanje kot oblika interpretacije = Translation as a form of interpretation. V: DUŠA, Zdravko (ur.). Pahoriana 2013 : prispevki z znanstvenega srečanja ob stoletnici Borisa Pahorja, 18. aprila 2013 v Cankarjevem domu v Ljubljani. 1. izd. Ljubljana: Cankarjeva založba, 2014. Str. 57-68. ISBN 978-961-231-968-7.
PREGELJ, Barbara. Zgledno omledno : trivialno v slovenski postmoderni književnosti. Ljubljana: Slavistično društvo Slovenije, 2007. 209 str. Slavistična knjižnica, 12.
PREGELJ, Barbara (urednik). Bela knjiga o prevajanju 2018 : premiki na področju prevajanja, tolmačenja, podnaslavljanja in lektoriranja v Sloveniji. Ljubljana: Društvo slovenskih književnih prevajalcev, 2019. 179 str., ilustr. ISBN 978-961-6515-07-8.
PREGELJ, Barbara (avtor, urednik, prevajalec), TOMSICH, Francisco (avtor, urednik, ilustrator). Bivališča Branislave Sušnik : dokumenti, besedila, podobe, pričevanja = Moradas de Branislava Sušnik : documentos, textos, imágenes, testimonios. 1. natis. Medvode: Malinc, 2020. 239 str., ilustr.