Curriculum di Janja Jerkov

Janja Jerkov (Rome 1949) is Full Professor of South Slavic Languages and Literatures at the Department of European, American and Intercultural Studies of the “Sapienza” University of Rome. After studying philology and history, she spent several years in the Propaganda Fide Historical Archive studying and publishing previously unpublished sources on cultural history and history of mentality of Balkan Slavic lands under Ottoman rule (especially regarding the 16th and the 18th century). She has then moved towards modern and contemporary literature, keeping a rigorous adherence to texts and exploring them also through the use of the instruments provided by her practice of psychoanalysis. The latter line of research is attested by her papers on Milorad Pavić’s novel Hazarski rečnik [The Dictionary of the Khazars], on Sanja Sagasta’s lesbian sonnets, on Slavenka Drakulić’s novel Mramorna koža [Marble Skin], and son on. Her paper about the First World War observed from the point of view of Bulgarian, Serbian and Croatian literature is in press in the following book: Snezhana Dimitrova, Giovanni Levi, Janja Jerkov (eds), One Hundred Years of Inheriting: The First World War Phenomenon.

A feature of her research activity is the comparative and culturologic approach to texts (literary and non-literary), which are situated within the wider framework of Balkan Slavic (Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Macedonian, Bulgarian, Slovene) and European literatures.