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Vilnius University launches extensive on-line dictionary of literary terms

Vilnius University‘s A. J. Greimas Semiotics and Literary Theory Centre has launched an electronic dictionary of literary terms, a cooperation of faculty and doctoral students. […]

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Lithuanian author Undinė Radzevičiūtė awarded EU Prize for Literature

Lithuanian writer Undinė Radzevičiūtė has been awarded the European Union’s Prize for Literature of 2015. […]

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Ethnic minority literature in Lithuania: between academic multiculturalism and public nationalism

Minority literature studies have a long and diverse history. Since its establishment nearly 25 years ago in the Western academia as well as in the public discourse in the West, it has been accompanied by the critique of the Western Canon in light of liberal pluralism. This critique has led to many revisions of the curriculum, which later provoked a conservative response (especially in the US) and, as some critics claim, minority literature has ended up in a kind of cultural “reservation area”. However, it has been developing as a field of research and, as we can see from the reemergence of conferences and projects on the subject, it is still a hot topic. […]

Darius Kuolys

Why Donelaitis’ Metai is on par with Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey

The Lithuanian epic poem Seasons (Metai) is a canonic masterpiece of early Lithuanian literature written by Kristijonas Donelaitis around 1765–1775 in the Prussian village of Tolminkiemis. In Metai, rebellious Donelaitis depicted indigenous Lithuanian serfs subjected to mistreatment at the hands of German colonizers. […]

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New fonts help reinterpret canonical work by 300-year-old Lithuanian writer

The nearly year-long commemoration of the 300th birth anniversary of Kristijonas Donelaitis pays tribute to the Prussian-Lithuanian pastor and poet whose magnitude of legacy in Lithuanian literature has been shaped up by the first classic Lithuanian language poem, The Seasons (Metai), in which he depicted everyday life of Lithuanian peasants, their struggle with serfdom, and the annual cycle of life. […]