This book discusses the correspondence between Jernej Kopitar, a co-founder of Slavic studies and proponent of Austro-Slavism, and Baron Žiga Zois, an Austrian nobleman and patron of the Slovenian national revival. The author treats their letters (composed between 1808–19), which are for the most part unpublished, both as historical sources and as texts. In the first part of the book, he situates them in history and within the genre of the letter, especially in the context of Classical and Enlightenment epistolography. In the second part, he discusses their importance for the development of Slavic cultural nationalisms; in particular, he argues that this correspondence successfully bound Slovenian, Czech, Polish, Dalmatian, Croatian, and Serbian literati into a Slavic ‘republic of letters’.
hardback 15 × 21,5 cm 248 pages