Popeljuha Zavaljuha: a stylistic interpretation of a Cinderella folk tale

Journal of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Split, No. 5, 2012

Original scientific paper

Eni Buljubašić   ORCID icon orcid.org/0000-0002-9992-9818 ; Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split, Split, Croatia 

pages 129-145

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The paper gives a stylistic interpretation of a “local Cinderella.” This northern Čakavian oral fairytale was first documented in 1876. A stylistic analysis of the text of an oral fairytale requires a complex methodology: factors to be considered are: the nature of an oral fairytale genre, the local idiom, a contemporary reader’s diachronic
distance to the text, the context of artistic creation, implicit understanding of what stylistic interpretation is, but also the need to recognize contemporary interpretative positions and interdisciplinarity implicated. In relation to the definition of the female
subject adopted from feminist criticism, the author performs a stylistic analysis of the fairytale. In the process, the relationship between the limits of the genre and the methodology used is explored.


folk fairy tale; Čakavian; feminist criticism; stylistic interpretation; oral literature; Cinderella