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  Research Programmes
THE LITERARY CANON OF MODERN LITHUANIA

1. The programme operator – the Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore (hereinafter referred to as ILLF).


No. of staff positions for the execution of the programme – 6.4.


2. The aim of the programme is to explore the formation of the canon of Lithuanian literature as an expression of modern national self-perception and the creation of the normative system of its meanings.


3. Objectives:


3.1. consistent research on the process of formation of the national canon of Lithuanian literature that took place in the late 19th and first half of the 20th century;


3.2. analysis of various canonisation practices (educational institutions, literary criticism, publishing, memorialisation, holiday culture etc.), counter-canonical initiatives and alternatives, and problems of representation of ethnic and social groups and genders in the canon;


3.3. conducting continued work of textual preparation of fundamental sources that formed the literary canon of Lithuanian literature in the first half of the 20th century and the publishing of academic writings;


3.4. dissemination and promotion of the results of research on the formation, development and institutionalisation of the canon.


4. Estimated results:


Having implemented the long-term programme, the following publications will be prepared for publishing:


4.1. collective monograph The Practices of Literary Canonisation in Lithuania in the Late 19th – First Half of the 20th Century (co-authors: B. Speičytė, A. Kučinskienė, R. Bleizgienė, M. Žvirgždas, B. Avižinienė, editor V. Šeina-Vasiliauskienė; estimated size 15 quires);


4.2. monograph The Formation, Socialisation and Cultural Power of the Canon of National Literature (late 19th – 1st half 20th c.) (V. Šeina-Vasiliauskienė; estimated size 10 quires);


4.3. study Textual Problems in Žemaitė’s Writings (I. Čiužauskaitė; estimated size 7 quires);


4.4. collection of articles in English The National Literary Canon Revisited (editors: B. Speičytė, A. Kučinskienė; authors of the articles: B. Speičytė, V. Šeina-Vasiliauskienė, A. Kučinskienė, B. Avižinienė; estimated size 8 quires);
Maironis, Writings, vol. 1: Poems (M. Žvirgždas, G. Olsevičiūtė; estimated size 20 quires);
Balys Sruoga, Writings, vol. 12: Cultural Issues (L. Arnatkevičiūtė; estimated size 20 quires);
Balys Sruoga, Writings, vol. 13: Social and Political Journalism (L. Arnatkevičiūtė; estimated size 20 quires);
Balys Sruoga, Writings, vol. 16: Letters ((N. Markevičienė, K. Sakalavičiūtė; estimated size 20 quires);
Balys Sruoga, Writings, vol. 17: Letters (N. Markevičienė, K. Sakalavičiūtė); estimated size 20 quires);
Vaižgantas, Writings, vol. 25: Letters (I. Čiužauskaitė, K. Sakalavičiūtė; estimated size 20 quires);
Vaižgantas, Writings, vol. 26: Letters (I. Čiužauskaitė, K. Sakalavičiūtė; estimated size 20 quires);
Putinas, Writings, vol. 13: Letters (D. Krištopaitienė, K. Sakalavičiūtė; estimated size 20 quires);
Putinas, Writings, vol. 14: Letters. Documents. (D. Krištopaitienė, K. Sakalavičiūtė; estimated size 20 quires)

 

5. Dissemination of results:


Scholarly publications prepared for publishing during the long-term programme will be submitted for calls for funding with the aim to raise funds for their publication. Book presentations will be held for society at large, reviews will be published in the printed and online media. Public lectures presenting the results of the planned programme will be held at the ILLF, as well as for the students of Vilnius University and the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences, participants of academic summer seminars (Literary Island etc.) and radio listeners.


The results of the research conducted in the framework of the programme will be presented at national and international conferences. In the second quarter of 2018, an international conference devoted to the problems of the canon of national literature will be held at the Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore. National conferences or seminars-discussions held in commemoration of concrete anniversaries (Ieva Simonaitytė, Juozas Tumas-Vaižgantas, Julius Kaupas, Vytautas Mačernis) in 2017, 2019, 2020 and 2021 are also directly related to the problems of literary canon. Articles prepared on the basis of conference papers will be published in the peer-reviewed research journals Colloquia and Tautosakos darbai. A collection of articles in English will present the results of the long-term programme for an international academic audience.

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