|Abstract:||The phenomenon of the grotesque adds value, coloration, picturesqueness and fullness on the motif-thematic level. At the same time it awakens feelings of disgust, laughter, compassion, pity, surprise, repulsion, anger, absurd, resignation and others on the level of the receivers/readers reception. Different authors introduced elements of grotesque into their texts, but we will focus on the grotesque in modern Slovenian short prose of selected writers.
On the internal stylistic level most of disgust and absurd among the selected collections of short prose is provided by Mihaela Hojnik in the collection of short prose Maločudnice. Due to the content of her short stories itself her texts were not accepted for many years and were rejected at every appeal for publishing. The collection was not published until two years after the author’s death. The original title »Gnusljivke« would most accurately prepare readers for the feelings that rise in the perception process while reading, whereas the additional realistic and fictional elements round the collection into a unique whole.
Similarly, but less colourfully the elements of the grotesque manifest in the short prose of Mojca Kumerdej from the collection Temna snov. The grotesque loses its red line, whereby the realistic style of narration prevails and can cause mixed emotions in readers. Fantastical and grotesque elements as well as motifs, death of the nature and cannibalism are provided by Gregor Lozar in the collection Spačene. The title itself warns us about non-mediocrity of the main characters, their lives and indirectly the story itself.
We compared different motifs like death, manslaughter, rape, suicide, physical deformity, death of the nature and mental disunity through the motif-thematic analysis between the selected collections of short prose. Natural death, accompanied with elements of grotesque, manslaughters, that with the elements of the grotesque present the murderer’s nature; suicides, that show the grotesque ending of empty lives; physical deformity, that shows the grotesque motifs in fantastic manners; and death of the nature, that triggers negative feelings in us as readers. |