If you are in the Grand Forks area, I encourage you come to hear Prof. John Cox, the chair of the Department of History at North Dakota State speak on Socialism, Serbofilia, Sex, and Suicide: The Mad World of Slovene Literature and Politics around 1900. The talk will be in Gamble Hall 280, March 26, 2009, at 4:00 pm.
His talk will explore the changing landscape of Slovene politics and culture in the twilight years of the Habsburg Empire. In particular, he will focus on the ideas of Ivan Cankar (1876-1918). Cankar was a highly regarded and prolific prose writer whose quests for esthetic authenticity and for Slovene political rights led him to embrace socialist, pro-Balkan political views that complicate today's dominant narrative of the Slovene "national awakening." Cox will also read selected (potentially amusing!) passages from his newly released translation of Cankar's novel Martin Kacur: Biography of an Idealist (Central European University Press, 2009), which treats the moral decline and catastrophic fall of a progressive schoolteacher in the Slovene countryside about 1900.
Gamble Hall 280 · March 26, 2009 · 4:00 pm