The monography ('Gašper Križnik (1848–1904) and his time') is conceived as a comprehensive, synthetic survey of the life and work of Gašper Križnik and his precious contributions to a range of professional disciplines from the natural as well as human sciences: History, Ethnology, Linguistics, Folkloristics of different branches. Gašper Križnik (Motnik, 1848-Motnik, 1904) is one of many collectors of Slovene folk/folklore songs, but he deserves a special place in Slovene literary folkloristic because he collected folklore tales. Being an autodidact, he followed the instructions of J. Baudouina de Courtenay and was the first to record tales in dialect, but his work is still awaiting professional evaluation. He recorded over 200 tales which he heard in Motnik and its environs: most of them were fairy tales, but they also include folk tales, legends, and jokes. He managed to publish very little of the material. His work was more appreciated abroad than in Slovenia - in Russia, Zagreb, Klagenfurt. Ljubljana certainly had the worst attitude to Križnik and his work. His records were printed on covers by the journals Ljubljanski zvon and Dom in svet. Križnik's folkloristic and ethnological work has not been thoroughly evaluated in the cultural awareness of the Slovenes, because his legacy is still awaiting scientific and critical publication.
individual contributionsAleksander Bjelčevič, Tatjana Drovenik Čalič, Iskra V. Čurkina, Stane Granda, Marjeta Humar, Karmen Kenda-Jež, Marija Klobčar, Aleksandra Bizjak Končar, Janez Križnik, Damijana Križnik-Vrhovec, Monika Kropej, Barbara Ivančič Kutin, Fran Malešič, Mirjam Mencej, Vlado Nartnik, Tone Petek, Martina Piko-Rustia, Jože Semprimožnik, Vladimir Simič, Anton Tone Smolnikar, Marija Stanonik, Jožica Škofic, Andreja Štorman, Zora Torkar, Florjana Uršič, Andrej Vovko, Breda Podbrežnik Vukmir, Peter Weiss, Zinka Zorko
Kulturno društvo Motnik
hardback 22 × 30 cm 317 pages