Memoirism Hype

Why do Slovenian Diplomats Write Memoirs?

  • Boštjan Udovič University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences, Slovenia
Keywords: diplomatic memoirs, Slovenian diplomacy, (semi-)literary genres, linguistic capacity

Abstract

Literary theory puts memoirs on the intersection between literary and semi-literary genres, which makes them specific by definition. But when we talk about memoirs of diplomats, they are even more specific, as they are often the only source describing events that took place in diplomatic intercourse. This article analyses the significance of writing memoirs as seen by diplomats through interviews with ten Slovenian diplomats. The interviewees agree that memoirs need to be written, not only to shed light on events that took place in diplomacy, but also because they can be important literary works and contribute to the spread of diplomatic terminology.

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Published
2020-11-26
How to Cite
UdovičB. (2020). Memoirism Hype. Acta Neophilologica, 53(1-2), 153-166. https://doi.org/10.4312/an.53.1-2.153-166
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