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Indetermi-Nation: Narrative Identity And Symbolic Politics In Early Modern Illyrism

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Early modern Illyrism might be described as a discursive product of the South Slavic branch of the res publica litteraria which was intensively engaged in the symbolic construction of distinctive national identities ever since the rise of Humanism. This chapter emphasizes the two historically formative aspects of the Illyrian ideology. First, it is analyzed as a narrative configuration of collective identity (both of particular national, religious and political identities - Croatian, Slovenian and Serbian - as well as of transnational Pan/South/Slavic identity). Secondly, it is examined as a constitutive segment of the symbolic field of politics, since it functioned as an effective medium of political reflection, mobilization and propaganda. Regarding its discursive modalities and pragmatic functions, Counter-Reformation Illyrism can be classified into four distinct subcategories: Interconfessional, Franciscan, Curial-Habsburg and Dalmatian Illyrism.

Keywords: counter-reformation Illyrism; humanism



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