Stojan Novaković on Influences on the Serbian Language and Literature Cover Image

Стојан Новаковић о Утицајима на Српски Језик И Књижевност
Stojan Novaković on Influences on the Serbian Language and Literature

Author(s): Mihailo Vojvodić
Subject(s): Education, Serbian Literature, South Slavic Languages
Published by: Istorijski institut, Beograd

Summary/Abstract: In his long scholarly career, while addressing a variety of themes from the past of the Serbian people, Stojan Novakovic never lost interest in the subjects of language, script, literature, religion and education. His interest in language goes back to his days as a lycée student, when he became one of the most talented pupils and collaborators of Djura Daničić. Novaković was particularly interested in the different external influences exerted on the Serbian language, literature and education and the consequences that this entailed for the Balkan Slav peoples. He wrote on this topic in a number of his works that he published as of the 1860’s, presenting facts attesting to prolonged manifest Byzantine influences, followed by Italian and then Turko-Arabic influences, to be ultimately supplanted by contemporary European ones. Novaković continued to work on issues of Serbian lanuage, literature and education, but with certain interruptions and in his later years, studying them individually rather than in an integrated and comprehensive manner, however. Unity could be achieved only through an “identity of religions” and there had been none of that ever since the Middle Ages. Therefore, Novaković’s message to the coming generations was that mistakes from the past should be well grasped in order to be avoided in the future. And, that it was necessary to turn to the future in which the positive examples of “great peoples and great civilizations” were to be followed.

  • Issue Year: 2004
  • Issue No: 51
  • Page Range: 165-179
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Serbian