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The emotional world of Osman and Osmanšćica

Amir Kapetanović orcid id ; Institute of Croatian Language and Linguistics, Zagreb, Croatia

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The paper describes and compares portrayals and conceptions of some “basic” emotions in Gundulić’s Osman and Mrnavić’s Osmanšćica, two Croatian literary works from the Baroque period which describe the life, rule, and death of the Ottoman sultan Osman II. Emotions play a vital role in both dramatic and epic worlds of these texts. Special attention is paid to the connection of emotional discourse with particular metaphorical concepts (rage, fear, sadness, joy, love, and hate), stereotypical conceptions and conventional vocabulary, taking into account the differences in perspective between the two authors (Gundulić’s Christian perspective and Mrnavić’s Ottoman perspective), which result in specific differences in the description of emotions.


emotions, Ivan Gundulić, Ivan Tomko Mrnavić, Osman II, epic, drama, Croatian language and literature, 17th century

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