Mountaineering Literature: Slovenia and Beyond. Intertextuality, Intersubjectivity, Internationality

fundamental research project
Basic Info


‘Mountaineering Literature’ is a research project that proposes a pioneering collaborative scholarly account of literature written by mountaineers. As literary scholars generally privilege thematisations of mountains by canonical authors, while non-fiction writers tend to prefer the non-scholarly dimensions of literature written by mountaineers, this literature remains a lacuna in literary studies. In literary studies, then, mountains remain mainly a theme, instead of becoming a form-giving element: the focus is on canonical writers and their thematisation of mountains, not on mountaineers and their autobiographical informing of experience. This begs the question, Can the mountaineers speak? In other words, How can we theorise the very fact that a genre as established and popular as mountaineering literature has hardly been theorised? Can this have anything to do with the fact that mountaineering literature engenders not only new mountaineering literature, but also new mountaineers? Finally, what kind of community is imagined in these books about the sport that may be both more lethal and more literary than all the other sports combined?


Čokl, Jure, and Peter Mikša. ‘Smer že ne more biti preveč težka, če jo je preplezala baba’: slovenski (ženski) alpinizem v času fizkulturnega kolektivizma (1945–1955). Retrospektive 2.2–3 (2020): 10–46.

Habjan, Jernej. Od bedaka do junaka: alpinist. In: Močni, modri in dobri: junaki v slovenski folklori. Ed. Božidar Jezernik and Ingrid Slavec Gradišnik. Ljubljana: Znanstvena založba Filozofske fakultete, 2019. 249–61.

Lughofer, Johann Georg. Cultural Diversity vs. National-Socialist Positions. Paula von Preradović: An Istrian and the Author of the Austrian National Anthem. Acta Histriae 27.3 (2019): 495–512.

Research areas
General and comparative literature, literary criticism, literary theory H390