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Semantics of Space in Vladislav Menčetić’s Trublja slovinska

Ivana Brković orcid id

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The paper deals with representation of space in the laudatory poem Trublja slovinska written by Ragusan author Vladislav Menčetić (1617-1666). According to the key presumptions of spatial turn in contemporary Humani ties and Social Sciences, literary space is conceived as a social and cultural construct. Therefore, this analysis aims at detecting discursive procedures of production of space on three interdependent levels: textual, intertextual and contextual. Regarding symbolic significance of space and place in identity construction, literary space is also considered as an important factor of collective identity/alterity formation. The analysis shows that literary space in the given text invokes multiple meanings, which are generated by different discourses (historical space, social space, (geo)political space, religious space etc.). Implying different demarcations (Christian/Catholic vs. Islamic, Christian/Catholic vs. Ottoman; Slavic vs. non- Slavic), representation of space in Trublja slovinska reveals an autocentric perspective as the main features of construction of space: the Slavic and Christian/ Catholic space of the self bears exclusively positive connotations, while the Ottoman and Islamic space is constructed as foreign, hostile, unfaithful, un-Slavic and un- European space of the Other. This construct of space, which includes an optimistic vision of Slavic future, indicates the cultural model of space typical of the Catholic Europe in the period of Catholic renewal as well as of the Ragusan cultural domain in the seventeenth century.


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