Independent Humanities Specialist, and librarian, at the Institute of Slovenian Literature and Literary Studies, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU); Assistant Professor at the Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU.

Phone. lab.:
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Research interests

Alenka Koron’s research areas include narratology, literary theory and methodology of literary scholarship, theory of fiction, theory of autobiography, discourse theory, and modern Slovenian and foreign fiction. She has co-edited a collection  on the autobiographical discourse (Avtobiografski diskurz, 2011) and written several essays on Slovenian and foreign authors of nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction. She has also co-organised a conference on Slovenian autobiography (2009) and contributed to many international conferences in Slovenia and abroad. 

Selected publications

Ed. (w. Dejan Kos): Literature and Narrative: Postclassical Perspectives and Analyses (= Primerjalna književnost 43.1 [2020]).

Razgledi na tuje. Ljubljana: LUD Literatura, 2019.

Ed. (w. Andreas Leben): Literarische Mehrsprachigkeit im österreichischen und slowenischen Kontext. Tübingen: A. Francke.

Sodobne teorije pripovedi. Ljubljana: Založba ZRC, ZRC SAZU, 2014.

Ed. (w. Andrej Leben): Avtobiografski diskurz: teorija in praksa avtobiografije v literarni vedi, humanistiki in družboslovju. Ljubljana: Založba ZRC, ZRC SAZU, 2011.

Hagiographic Discourse in the Early Biographies of France Prešeren. In: Great Immortality: Studies on European Cultural Sainthood. Ed. Jón Karl Helgason and Marijan Dović. Leiden: Brill, 2019. 104–21.

Narrative Space in Ian McEwan’s Saturday. Frontiers of Narrative Studies 4.2 (2018): 359–73.

Boris Pahor’s Necropolis and World Literature. Forum for World Literature Studies 9.1 (2017): 8–24.

The Impact of European Structuralism on Slovenian Literary Criticism, 1960–2000. Slovene Studies 36.1 (2014): 3–17.

Nachwort. In: Vitomil Zupan: Reise ans Ende des Frühlings: Blitz in vier Farben. Trans. Aleksander Studen-Kirchner. Klagenfurt: Drava; Mohorjeva; Wieser, 2013. 223–35.

The Private Library of Lojze Kovačič and World Literature. Primerjalna književnost 35.1 (2012): 107–20.

Janez Trdina and Washington Irving: On the Genesis of Fiction in Their Short Narratives Through a Comparativist Lens. Slovene Studies 30.2 (2008): 135–53.

Time Regained? On Narrative in Literary Historiography. In: Writing Literary History: Selected Perspectives from Central Europe. Ed. Darko Dolinar and Marko Juvan. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2006. 199–226.

Fiction, Autobiography and Memoir Intertwined: The Writings of Frank McCourt and Lojze Kovačič. In: Fiction and Autobiography: Modes and Models of Interaction. Ed. Sabine Coelsch-Foisner and Wolfgang Görtschacher. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2006. 155–66.

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Selected projects

Mountaineering Literature: Slovenia and Beyond. Intertextuality, Intersubjectivity, Internationality (fundamental research project • 1 July 201930 June 2022)

May ’68 in Literature and Theory: The Last Season of Modernism in France, Slovenia, and the World (fundamental research project • 1 July 201830 June 2021)

National Poets and Cultural Saints of Europe: Commemorative Cults, Canonization, and Cultural Memory (fundamental research project • 1 October 201430 September 2017)

The Space of Slovenian Literary Culture: Literary History and the GIS-Based Spatial Analysis (fundamental research project • 1 July 201130 June 2014)

The “Slovenian” World Literature: Locating World Literature in a National Literary System (fundamental research project • 1 May 201030 April 2013)

Slovenian and Czech National Revival (1780-1848) (bilateral project • 1 January 201131 December 2012)

Unknown 17th and 18th century manuscripts of Slovenian literature: information-technology aided register, scholarly editions and analyses (applied research project • 1 February 200830 January 2011)

Electronic Multimedia Text Centre (1 April 200731 March 2009)

Electronic Critical Editions of Slovenian Literature (applied research project • 1 July 200430 June 2007)

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Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Alenka Koron, born 1956 in Ljubljana, studied Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. She graduated in 1980 and received her PhD in 2010. She has worked as a librarian, Teaching Assistant to Head of the Department of Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, a high school teacher of Slovenian language and literature, and has been a freelance researcher for a few years. Since 2000 she has been a Research Assistant and librarian at the Institute of Slovenian Literature and Literary Studies, ZRC SAZU (Ljubljana). Since 1982 she has been publishing regularly in scholarly journals and other publications and has co-edited a monograph on autobiographical discourse. She has also organised a conference on Slovenian autobiography and has contributed to many international conferences in Slovenia and abroad.

Research areas

General and comparative literature, literary criticism, literary theory H390 


narrative theory • narratology • theory of autobiography • theory of fiction • literary theory • methodology of literary scholarship • contemporary narrative prose 

Recognitions & awards

The Anton Ocvirk Award (2016)