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Abstract

In her article, "Gender Identities in the Contemporary Slovene Novel," Alojzija Zupan Sosic argues that perspectives of sexual identity have become prominent topics. Based on her library and publication research, Zupan Sosic proposes that in the period of 1990–2005 the Slovene novel is illuminated by a development of the personal or intimate story. In this development, changes of sexual identity evolve through the binary system of the heterosexual matrix whereby issues of sexual minorities remain. Important innovation in the Slovene novel include aspects connected to an identity formation determined by sexual identity where perhaps the most significant innovation is found in the narrative structures and themes of the Slovene novel of today, such as the increasing number of female literary figures as main characters, in turn the result also of the increasing number of women novelists. Zupan Sosic suggests that the second main innovation touches upon the sensitivities of new movements in identity formation representing a reflection of post-postmodern sincerity she designates as a new "emotivity." Zupan Sosic argues that the development of the said new emotivity is located in the contemporary Slovene novel in the relationship between the sexes, the romantic theme, and in an ironic and parodied attachment to literary tradition.

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