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Trashëgimia letrare dhe procesi i kombformimit modern tek shqiptarët
Literary heritage and the Albanian nation-building Process

Author(s): Genciana Abazi-Egro
Subject(s): Cultural history, Albanian Literature, 19th Century, Period(s) of Nation Building, Philology
Published by: Qendra e Studimeve Albanologjike
Keywords: Albanian literature; literary heritage;

Summary/Abstract: The Albanians commenced to look back at their literary heritage in the second half of the XIXth Century. In this framework, it was thought of, as the very first step to precisely inventorise the existing heritage. One of the highlights of this endeavor was to include in it the writers and poets from all the Albanian territories, as well as from all the religious beliefs. It was considered as the first necessary stage that precedes their full publication. Meanwhile the publication of the literary heritage of the Albanian nationalists is the second stage of the attempt to the cultural affirmation of the modem Albanian nation. It should be considered as well, as an attempt to smooth the edges that existed between the era of nationalism and the pre nationalist one that preceded it. Even the publishing policies that were applied, concretely speaking, the modernization of the Albanian language and the replacement of the words of the Turkish origin, that sometimes led to the complete change of the religious and cultural concepts, a typical illustrative example is Ervehe published by Jani Vreto, were precisely aiming at this adaptation. Apart from this element, the approach towards the literary heritage during the nationalist era, should be considered even as the embryonal phase of the study of the Albanian literature. On the other side, the literary heritage of this era is closely connected with the nation forming process. It intended to show not only what the Albanians were capable of creating, but also to encourage the very creation of the modem national identity.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 03-04
  • Page Range: 173-188
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Albanian