Marjetka Golež Kaučič
The second volume in the series Folkloristični zvezki ('Volumes in Folklore Studies') titled Slovenska ljudska balada ('The Slovenian Folk Ballad') provides a comprehensive portrait of the content and formal structure of Slovenian folk ballads, giving an overview that incorporates various perspectives on texture and contextual aspects, while focusing on the content, story, and messages. This publication is the result of genre studies and many years of research on Slovenian folk ballads, which were studied as one of the most complex and mysterious genres explored by folklore and literary studies in both Slovenia and elsewhere in Europe. This volume has been designed as a combination of the identification and interpretative procedure and text analysis, and is based on the premises of folklore studies and intertextual theory, and an individual approach to studying individual ballads. It presents individual examples of nearly all ballad types (from King Mathias and Fair Vida to Hunter’s Funeral), which however, it studies based on their core content, their dynamic relationship with the context, and through the interpretative method, which seeks that aspect of reading and understanding that reveals both their specifics and universalities, while also seeking their intertextual connections with literarizations.