Script as an outline of literature – Štefan Drug and exhibition Literature between two wars (1968)
In 1968 a literary critic Štefan Drug was commissioned to take a part in an exhibition covering Slovak literature since the beginning to contemporary times. He prepared a period of interwar literature which had been a matter of numerous deformations during 1950s and partly 1960s, however, he presented the period with respect to its variety and aesthetic achievements. Eventually it became a precise and concise outline of literary history, probably the most precise one at that time. Drug used to his advantage the form of an exhibition so he can make the presentation not only vivid but also flexible with latest available sources of research. In the outline he was able to return some authors banned from official literature and correct the image of others that had been altered in favour of political engagement of the Communist establishment. Even nowadays, fifty years from the exhibition itself, Drug’s outline is an example of deep understanding of the Slovak literature written in the interwar period, with only minor corrections needed.
Filozofická fakulta Prešovskej univerzity, Prešov, Slovak Republic
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