Maja Bošković-Stulli

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Maja Bošković-Stulli
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Born(1922-11-09)9 November 1922
Died14 August 2012(2012-08-14) (aged 89)
Zagreb, Croatia
Nationality Yugoslavian, later Croatian
Alma mater University of Zagreb
OccupationFolklorist, writer
RelativesDragutin and Ivanka (née Szarvas) Bošković
Magda Bošković

Maja Bošković-Stulli (9 November 1922 – 14 August 2012) was a Yugoslav and Croatian slavicist and folklorist, literary historian, writer, publisher and an academic, noted for her extensive research of Croatian oral literature. [1] [2]

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Folklore studies academic field

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Early life

Maja Boskovic-Stulli with older sister Magda prior World War II. Maja and Magda Boskovic.JPG
Maja Bošković-Stulli with older sister Magda prior World War II.

Bošković-Stulli was born in Osijek to a Jewish family of Dragutin and Ivanka Bošković. [3] She joined the Young Communist League of YugoslaviaSKOJ (from Serbo-Croatian: Savez komunističke omladine Jugoslavije) during Gymnasium education. In 1943, after the capitulation of Italy and liberation of the Rab concentration camp, she joined the Partisans. [4] Many members of her family have perished during the Holocaust, including her parents and sister Magda. [5]

Osijek City in Osijek-Baranja, Croatia

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The Rab concentration camp was one of the several Italian concentration camps and it was established during World War II, in July 1942, on the Italian-occupied island of Rab.

Education and later years

Bošković-Stulli finished elementary and secondary school in Zagreb. She graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb and received her PhD in 1961. [6] She took part in many national and international conferences and symposiums, including the Inter-University Centre in Dubrovnik. For many years she was chief editor, and afterwards a regular member, of the editorial board for the journal Narodna umjetnost. She worked at the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and from 1952 until her retirement in 1979 she worked at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research in Zagreb. From 1963-73 she was the Director of the Institute. [7]

Zagreb Capital and largest city of Croatia

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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb university department

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Dubrovnik City in Dubrovnik-Neretva, Croatia

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Bošković-Stulli wrote around twenty books and a large number of papers in national and international academic journals. She has received a number of awards for her research work, the annual award in 1975 and the Croatian lifework award in 1990, the Herder Prize in Vienna 1991, and Pitre Salomone Marino prize in Palermo 1992. She was a regular member at the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. [5]

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Palermo Comune in Sicily, Italy

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In 2005 Bošković-Stulli was named among 35 Croatia's most important women in history. [8] Bošković-Stulli died on 14 August 2012 in Zagreb and was buried at the Mirogoj Cemetery. [9] [10] [11]

Mirogoj Cemetery cemetery

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  1. Croatian Encyclopaedia (2011), Bošković-Stulli, Maja
  2. Kekez, Josip (1989), "Bošković-Stulli, Maja", Croatian Biographical Lexicon (HBL) (in Croatian), Miroslav Krleža Lexicographical Institute
  3. Snješka Knežević (2011 , p. 83)
  4. Jaša Romano (1980 , p. 340)
  5. 1 2 Ciglar, Želimir (22 September 2007). "Znanstveni rad mi je dojadio". Večernji list (in Croatian). p. 50. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  6. "Bošković-Stulli, Maja" (in Croatian). Croatian Writers Society. Archived from the original on 18 March 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  7. "Maja Bošković-Stulli profile" (in Croatian). Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Archived from the original on 1 April 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  8. Biluš, Marina (4 July 2005). "Biramo najznačajniju Hrvaticu u povijesti" [Selecting the most significant Croat woman in history] (in Croatian). Nacional. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  9. HINA (16 August 2012). "Preminula akademkinja Maja Bošković-Stulli" (in Croatian). Croatian Ethnological Society. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  10. "Odlazak vrsne istraživačice usmene književnosti" (in Croatian). Novi list. 16 August 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  11. Gradska groblja Zagreb: Maja Bošković-Stulli, Mirogoj Ž-119-II-48. ‹See Tfd› (in Croatian)


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