Ivan Cankar Criticism - Essay

Bratko Kreft (essay date 1968)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: A preface in The Bailiff Yerney and His Rights, translated by Sidonie Yeras and H. C. Sewell Grant, Dražvna Založba Slovenije, 1968, pp. v-xviii.

[In the following essay, Kreft considers the artistic and political significance of Bailiff Yerney and His Rights, calling the work Cankar's masterpiece.]

The artistic value of a literary creation or of any other work of art does not depend on its author's origin. It does not matter whether he belongs to a great, powerful nation or to a small, almost unknown one. History gives us many examples confirming that truth. One of them is certainly the work of Ivan Cankar (1876–1918). Ivan Cankar is a classical...

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Marija A. I. Ožbalt (essay date 1981)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: “The Theme of the Unwed Mother in Slovene Literature,” in Slovene Studies: Journal of the Society for Slovene Studies, Vol. 3, No. 2, 1981, pp. 59-71.

[In the following essay, Ožbalt studies the representation of unwed mothers in the fiction of Cankar, Francè Prešeren, and Prežihov Voranc.]

Marriage laws and customs almost universally condemn births out of wedlock. The form and degree of this condemnation vary, however, from society to society, as well as from time to time and among different strata of the same society. Impulses, a confused mass of feelings surrounding the sexual relationship, as well as the feeling of mystery about procreation,...

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Irma M. Ozbalt (essay date 1982)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: “Emigrants in Ivan Cankar's Fiction,” in Slovene Studies: Journal of the Society for Slovene Studies, Vol. 4, No. 2, 1982, pp. 99-112.

[In the following essay, Ozbalt presents an overview of Cankar's emigrant stories, summarizing their thematic and symbolic content.]

Ivan Cankar wrote about emigrants with deep personal involvement. Not only was he a native of Slovenia, a tiny country that had been providing labor for the rich Western European countries and the USA, he was also born into a family from which laborers had often travelled to foreign lands in search of daily bread. His childhood friends as well as his own brothers were swallowed by the world...

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