Literary Works of Minorities in Croatia – a Part of Croatian Literature or Not? Cover Image

Književno stvaralaštvo manjina u Hrvatskoj – dio hrvatske književnosti ili ne?
Literary Works of Minorities in Croatia – a Part of Croatian Literature or Not?

Author(s): Helena Stranjik
Subject(s): Croatian Literature, Czech Literature, Ethnic Minorities Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: literature; national minorities; Croatia; the Czechs
Summary/Abstract: There are numerous national minorities in Croatia supported by the state in their maintenance of minority languages, cultures and traditions. And many of these minorities with songs, dance and customs cherish their own literature, meaning poetry, prose, and drama written by their members in minority languages or in Croatian. These works are mostly known among members of the minorities, but sometimes it is difficult to find the way to readers of the majority of the population. An example of such a minority literature with a long tradition is literary creation of the Czech, who have been living in today’s Croatia for over two hundred years. Nowadays regularly or occasionally there are about thirty authors who write mostly in Czech, but to come to the readership, some of them have been translating their work into the Croatian language lately or leaving their mother tongue and starting to create in Croatian. Are Croatia’s minority works known and to what extent? What are the possibilities of writers using minority languages to publish their works? Why are minority literary works important, what can they offer to a broader readership and in what way can they enrich Croatian literature? How could they reach the majority population and could they wake up the interest beyond Croatian borders? And what difficulties do minority writers encounter? In the presentation, we will use the example of Czech minority literary works in Croatia to answer these and other issues related to minority literature emerging in Croatia, but remaining unknown to the Croatian public.

  • Page Range: 494-504
  • Page Count: 11
  • Publication Year: 2021
  • Language: Croatian