34 / 2011
Janja Žitnik Serafin

The Literary Legacy of Slovenian Emigrants to Other European Countries


Following a brief introduction to the earliest periods of Slovenian émigré literature in other parts of Eu- rope, a short history of Slovenian ethnic periodicals in Western Europe prior to the Second World War is presented, along with the major Slovenian émigré authors of the time. The following section discusses contemporary Slovenian émigré writers in the rest of Europe, while the last part of the article focuses on the questions concerning their literary bilingualism. An important aspect of this study is a comparison of the writers’ position, made on three levels: between different periods of time, between continents and between writers of diverse ethnic-cultural backgrounds.

KEY WORDS: Slovenian literature, Slovenian emigrants, Europe, contemporary literature, literary bilin- gualism


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