Research Advisor at the Institute of Slovenian Literature and Literary Studies, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts; Professor of Slovenian Literature at the University of Ljubljana and at the Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU.

Research interests

Cultural and literary theory, comparative literature, theory of literary history and comparative literature, systems theory, intertextuality, European and Slovenian Romanticism, nationalism studies, Slavic literatures, Slovenian literature, East-Central European literatures, canon formation and cultural memory, world literature studies, geography and literature

Selected publications

Worlding a Peripheral Literature. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

Hibridni žanri: študije o križancih izkustva, mišljenja in literature [Hybrid Genres: Studies on Hybrids of Experience, Thought and Literature]. Ljubljana: LUD Literatura, 2017.

Imaginarij Krsta v slovenski literaturi. Druga, popravljena in dopolnjena izdaja [The Imaginary of Baptism at the Savica in Slovene Literature. Second Edition]. Založba ZRC, ZRC SAZU, 2016.

Ed.: World Literatures from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-first Century (= CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 15.5 [2013]).

Literary Studies in Reconstruction: An Introduction to Literature. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2011.

History and Poetics of Intertextuality. West Lafayette (IN): Purdue University Press, 2008.

Ed. (w. Darko Dolinar): Writing Literary History: Selected Perspectives from Central Europe. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2006.

The Aesthetics and Politics of Belonging: National Poets between ‘Vernacularism’ and ‘Cosmopolitanism’. Arcadia 52.1 (2017): 10–28.

Literature and the Politics of Denial: Slovenian Novels on ‘The Erasure’. In: Claiming the Dispossession: The Politics of Hi/torytelling in Post-imperial Europe. Ed. Vladimir Biti. Leiden: Brill, 2017. 194–223.

From Political Theater in Yugoslav Socialism to Political Performance in Global Capitalism: The Case of Slovenian Mladinsko Theater. European Review 24.1 (2016): 72–82.

From Spatial Turn to GIS-Mapping of Literary Cultures. European Review 23.1 (2015): 81–96.

Taking Darwin Metaphorically and Literally: Genres and Sciences in a Survival Struggle. Neohelicon 41.2 (2014): 303–15.

Doing Literature without Thinking: Paralogical Devices and the Literary Field. Canadian Review of Comparative Literature / Revue canadienne de littérature comparée 41.1 (2014): 54–71.

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Selected projects

Slovenian Writers and Imperial Censorship in the Long Nineteenth Century (fundamental research project • 1 September 202031 August 2023)

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)

Icelandic and Slovenian Cultural Saints (bilateral project • 29 September 200931 December 2010)

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Curriculum Vitae

Marko Juvan, MAE, is a literary theorist and comparatist, Research Advisor at the Institute of Slovenian Literature and Literary Studies at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU), and Professor of Slovenian literature at the University of Ljubljana. Juvan was born in 1960 in Ljubljana. In 1985 he graduated in Slovenian and Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. He holds a PhD in Literary Studies (1993) from the University of Ljubljana. In addition to many short-term additional research stays in Poland and Germany, he spent a semester as a postgraduate student at the Univesity of Tübingen in 1990. In 1986 he became Teaching Assistant at the Department of Slavic Studies, University of Ljubljana. Since 1994 he has been teaching Literary Theory and Slovenian Literature at the same university (since 2007 as Professor). Since 1996, he has mostly been involved in research at the Institute of Slovenian Literature and Literary Studies, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU). From 2011–2020, he was Head of the Institute.

Juvan presented papers at scholarly conferences throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. He was a visiting professor at universities in Brno and Zagreb as well as a lecturer at the universities across Europe. As member of the Slovenian Comparative Literature Association, ICLA/AILC and REELC/ENCLS, he (co-)organised several international conferences, including 'Writing Literary History', 'Comparative Literature in the 20th Century', 'Responding to Cosmopolitanism', 'The Book: An Economy of Cultural Spaces' and 'The Spatial Turn in Literary Studies'. He sat on the editorial boards of Slovenian academic journals Jezik in slovstvo and Slavistična revija; currently, he is a member of the editorial boards of Primerjalna književnost, arcadia, CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and CultureContext, Literaturna mis”l, Colloquia Comparativa Litterarum and Slavica litteraria. He is a co-editor of the ZRC SAZU book series Studia litteraria. From 2002 to 2006 he served as the president of the Slovenian Comparative Literature Association, from 2007 to 2011 he was a member of the Executive Committee of the European Network of Comparative Literary Studies (REELC/ENCLS), and from 2008 to 2014 he sat on the ICLA/AILC Committee on Literary Theory. Since 2012, he has been a member of the Academia Europaea, where from 2013 to 2017 he served on the Section Committee for Literary and Theatrical Studies. In 2019, he became a member of the Executive Committee of ICLA/AILC.

In addition to numerous articles and edited volumes in Slovenia and abroad (e.g., World Literatures from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-first Century, a special issue of the CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, 2013), his recent books include History and Poetics of Intertextuality (2008), Literary Studies in Reconstruction (2011) and Wording a Peripheral Literature (2019).

Research areas

General and comparative literature, literary criticism, literary theory H390 


literary theory • literary discourse • world literary system • literary geography • intertextuality • literary canon • cultural nationalism • methodology of literary scholarship • Slovenian literature 

Recognitions & awards

The Kidrič Award for Young Researchers (1991) • Member of Academia Europaea (2012) • The Golden Sign of ZRC SAZU for outstanding research achievements (2014) • The Anton Ocvirk Award (2018)