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YOU ARE NEVER ALONE AS A LITERARY TRASH? (Nikdy nie si sama ako literarny gyc?)


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The author deals with interpretation of Minac's prose 'Nikdy nie si sama' (You Are Never Alone), published in 1962. He also pays attention to wider discussion appeared in literary magazines in 1962-1963 concerning this literary double-novelette. He stressed the significance of the critical reaction of Bohus Kovac's critical achievement, which is exceptional in the historical context of the first half of the 60th. It was comparable with critical articles and polemics of Milan Hamada. Kovac pointed out a problem of genre classification of Minac's literary works, which in 50th and 60th had a form of exemplary, popular literature (tradition of literature in calendars). By this way he created a platform for overlapping of both the types of literature in the area of genre and values. The mentioned problem becomes the central theme also in the author's study. He comes out from the semiotic and cultural analyses of Umberto Ecco from the first of the 60th. They have several common parallels with Kovac's critical argumentation. The author was also inspired by the works of Czech literary theorists and historians (D. Mocna, P. Janacek). They pointed out some genre - typological similarities between Social Realism and popular literature. The author came to conclusion that Minac's double novelette 'Nikdy nie si sama' (You Are Never Alone) is a typical example of 'socialist midcult' performing mainly ideological functions, while aesthetic function was suppressed. This Minac's auctorial intention was clearly identifiable mainly in the end of his prose, in which he comes back to constructional poetics typical for the 50th. It is also the most problematic dimension of his prose. Minac attempted to make that part interesting through motifs of sentimental and erotic literature (those motifs were there to draw attention of the readers). Altogether with ideological facture those auctorial courses created a genre hybrid.








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  • Pavel Matejovic, Ustav slovenskej literatury SAV, Konventna 13, 813 64 Bratislava, Slovak Republic; www.uslit.sav.sk/slovlit.htm


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