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Slovene Literary Culture in Picture Books

Prof. Milena Mileva Blazic
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 12:30pm
A216 Padelford Hall

Professor Milena Mileva Blazic (University of Ljubljana, Pedagogical Faculty) is visiting the UW and will be giving a talk on 10/21/2016

"Electronic media and globalization notwithstanding, the picture book industry in independent Slovenia is flourishing, with motifs of the nation’s cultural heritage continuing to play a significant role in promulgating a sense of national identity in books for children, while often playing with or subverting that identity in illustrated hybrid or crossover literature, graphic novels and comics.  This presentation will explore a number of traditional motifs and the specific forms they have taken in recent literature:  the Slovene Alexandrian nursemaids, Fair Vida, the Argonauts,  Barbara of Cilli, the proteus (or human fish) of Postojna Cave, Ferdinand Hallerstein, Idrija lace, Martin Krpan, painted beehive end panels, folk tales of Rezija/Resia, the prehistoric situlae of Vače, and Torklja Triborklja (the witch with three faces)."
Feel free to bring your lunch to this lunchtime talk.  Free and open to the public.