Gender Issues in Early Modern Croatian Literature
Code: 130425
ECTS: 4.0
Lecturers in charge: izv. prof. dr. sc. Viktoria Franić Tomić
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Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 15
Seminar 15
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
The methodological foundations of this course are heavily influenced by contemporary studies and theories of gender issues and are based on the knowledge of women s writing in the Croatian literature. During the study of this course, students will be introduced to the most prominent examples of women and children writings, as also with the documents on family life and its interpreters and perception of this issue through the centuries. While studying this course, students will be introduced to the most important theoretical and scientific books and essays that deal with gender issues, such as studying of the recent critical practice on this issues in Croatia. Special attention will be given to the authors whose inauguration in the Croatian literary canon is associated with the ideological context. During the course these processes will be noticed in the medieval legends, will be studied in Kotruljević descriptions of woman and her place in the society of the renaissance merchants, then significant attention will be given to the examples of womanhood and masculine ideals in the tradition of love poems influenced by Petrarch and his school. The special interest is going to be directed to renaissance tragedies anti woman statements in their texts. The course offers a very innovative insights into gender issues on the opuses of Marko Marulić, Marin Držić, Nikola Nalješković and Mavro Vetranović. Methodological basis used in those analysis and insights the inspirer was found in the new historicism studies of nonfictional and fictional texts. The great number of previously unexplored subjects will be opened such as gender interpretation of Zrinski and Frankopan conspiracy and the role of Katarina Zrinski and his daughter Jelena . The literary work of Renaissance women will be studied in the works of authors from Dubrovnik especially such as literary circle of Bunić sisters,than in the circle around Cvijeta Zuzorić and their friend Marija Gundulić, than Anica Bošković and Lukrcija Bogašinović the author of four epic poems. Course includes seminar papers at the end of the work in class .In those papers students will explore gender issues and aspects of that subject to the present day.

1. Examples of the rebellion in the Croatian medieval literature. The issue of gender transgression in the holy texts and attitude of authority towards it. The opposition of male and female saints.
2. Medieval legislation and women. Examples in the Statute of Dubrovnik from 1278. Medicine and women in the early modern period. The case of the treatment of syphilis in the renaissance Dubrovnik. Amathus Lusitanus book Centuriae as a source for gender studies.
3. Literary myth of Tristan and Isolde and its metamorphosis from the Middle Ages to Croatian XXth century author Radovan Ivšić. The concept of troubadour love. Abelard and Heolisa as an example of medieval love.
4. Kotruljević s book Sulla Mercatura e mercante perfetto with regard to gender issues. The social situation of children in modern history. Mavro Vetranović s poem about the illegitimate children Pjesanca spurjanom. Marulić s sister Bira. Marulić on biblical saint widow Judith and on usefulness of lies. Comparing of Judith and historical sacrifice of Mila Gojsalić. Judith as an exemplary figure in the Malleus Maleficarum.
5. Marin Držić. Fortuna has been described as a woman. Women in his life and works. Amazon women female warriors in the literature. Aretino s Imaginations compared with the historical and literary courtesans in renaissance Italy . Hecuba and Polyxena: relation. Maruša from Dubrovnik and the story of her husband.
6. Helen of Troy in Croatian and world literature. Novel Rumanac trojski . Hanibal Lucic, Nikola Nalješković, Ivan Bunić, Junije Palmotić. The issue of gender in Lucić s Slave Girl. Wedding rituals.
7. Mythical and historical portrait of Cvijeta Zuzorić. Marija Gundulić and hr husband Nikola Bunić and his studies on beauty and love. Comparison of his texts with Firenzuolo s catalog of elements that form feminine beauty. Vittoria Nada Speranza Bona Bunić as the first early modern woman author of polemics. Marcia Grisogono from Zadar and poems dedicated to her. Milica Koriolanović and the solution of secret signs in the Hanibal Lucić s collection.
8. Reinterpretation of narrative strategies in the dramatic works of Mavro Vetranović. The myth of Orpheus, Biblical narrative about Abraham, Sarah and Isaac, Biblical drama Joseph and his brothers. Lopudska sirotica and metamorphosis of its mythical origins . Position of Abraham s wife Sarah in literary and theological texts from all epoch.. Isaac counterpart Jephthah s daughter and her ancient counterpart Iphigenia. Screen play from Perast on Jiftah. The sacrifice of children and virgins as a gender problem.
9. Women role in Croatian Renaissance tragedies compared with Shakespeare s drama figures . Analysis of Dalida Gučetić s play. Pyramus and Thisbe.. Filomena text by Ivan Šiško Gundulić, a Croatian tragedy from the beginning of 18th century. Filomena as a heroin Italian folk tradition.
10. The ideal of feminine beauty and its changes during the centuries .The book of Umberto Eco on beauty. Neo-Platonism and the experience of women by the followers of Petrarch.
11. Witches and their world: Malleus Maleficarum. Examples of "witches" and their texts in the Croatian culture during early modern time. The importance of the book Ugovor s đavlom(Contract with the Devil) by Vladimir Bayer on this issue. The mixture of fictional and non-fictional discourse in th texts ascribed to witches: Shakespeare s Macbeth. Annuae of Baltazar Krčelić as a source for novel Grička vještica by Marija Jurić Zagorka. 12. Woman and education in early modern Europe. Development of woman education from Greek times to the our times. Examples: Jela Bujović from Perast, Marija Giorgi and Anica Bošković from Dubrovnik.
13. Erotic and pornographic poetry of Marko Marulić. Lascivia by Nikola Nalješković to Fran Krsto Frankopan The influence of Boccaccio s Decameron to the Croatian writers. Kiš s anthology of French erotic poetry. The erotic paintings in Croatia in the text of Igor Zidić. Description of the paradise garden in Marulić s Susanna and she as an erotic model of baroque painting.
14.Lukrecija Bogašinović, nicknamed Jakobinka, and her female and male characters. Katarina Patačić and her canzoniere. Analysis of normative poetics in the 18th century and its interpreters in the view of gender studies.
15. Ivanišević s misogynous sixth Cvit (Flower) and reaction from Jakov Armolušić native from island Rab. Poem of Petar Kanavlić on Katarina Zrinski. Antun Gleđević and women.
  1. Zdenka Janeković Romer; Žene, u. Leksikon Marina Držića, ur. S.P.Novak et alia, Zagreb, 2009.; Leksikografski zavod Miroslav Krleža (2009)
  2. Zdenka Marković; Pjesnikinje starog Dubrovnika, Zagreb, 1970.; JAZU (1970)
Optional literature:
  1. Dunja Fališevac; Muško pismo Šibenčanina Jakova Armolušića. Slava ženska, u. Slava ženska i protivni odgovor Jakova Armolušića Šibenčanina Cvitu šestomu / Jakov Armolušić, priredili D. Fališevac i S. Damjanović, Šibenik, 1993, str. 89-115.; Gradska knjižnica "Juraj Šižgorić" (1993), str. 89-115
  2. Slavica Stojan; Vjerenice i nevjernice. žene u svakodnevnici Dubrovnika (1600-1815), Dubrovnik, 2003.; HAZU (2003)
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