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Visions of Revolution in Croatian Poetry: From JUDITA to Vukovar and Beyond (16th to 21st Century)


English Department


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Date Range



Arts and Humanities


From its earliest poetic developments, at the beginning of the 16th century, and all the way to the late 20th century, which saw the establishment of a new independent Croatia, Croatian history brims with revolutionary events and experiences. They, in turn, give rise to a rich dosumentary and literary material, which represents an uninterrupted five-centuries-long continuum. This paper "revisits" some of the most prominent poetic creations of this long and rich tradition, starting with Marulic's JUDITA, written at the time of terrible historical-political upheavals, caused by the unstoppable Ottoman military power, and ending with the poetry depicting the heroic struggle for Croatian independence, in the last decade of the 20th century. Some two dozen Croatian poems, inspired by the perennial and universal revolutionary spirit, all in my own translation into English, will be briefly presented and discussed (Marulic, Kranjcevic, Matos, Krleza, Nazor,Maruna, etc.). These poems will be included in my large bilingual anthology of Croatian poetry translated into English, first of its kind, which is due to appear in print in 2014.

Conference Name

45th ASEEES Annual Convention

Conference Location

Boston, MA

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