Who is Zlatan Čolaković?
He graduated with a degree in Comparative Literature and Philosophy, finished his Masters and completed his Doctorate in 1984 at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Philosophy. From 1984-1988, as a Fulbright scholar, he worked with Albert Lord at Harvard University in Milman Parry Collection, the Slavic division of the Widener Library. He lectured at Harvard University and at Waterloo University in Ontario, Canada. At Harvard, he worked on the Milman Parry Collection where he transcribed and edited texts and audio tapes of over 90,000 verses of Bosnian epic songs. At UCLA he held renown lecture "South Slavic Muslim Epics, Problems of Collecting, Editing and Publishing". He published the long essay with the same title in California Slavic Studies in which he proved the numerous mistakes in transcription of Harvard publications of South Slavic oral epics, history of collecting South Slavic epics and importance of preserving the epics on film.
During 1989, he collected Bosnian epics on field with his wife Marina Rojc-Colakovic and was first to collect entire Bosnian epic songs on film. He moved to Canada where he conducted research on the epic transcriptions which would result in two volumes and his theory of Post-Tradition and the Post-Traditional Homer. In Canada he worked as a court translator for years. As the editor and heir to the literary legacy of Enver Colakovic, he published many of his father's works, and prepared Colakovic's books for publication: Jedinac, Biblijske price XX. stoljeca, Knjiga majci. In 1989 he published his book The Eagles of the Tragic World which encompasses all ancient Greek tragedies, Aristotle and mythic story, and a chapter about epics. He received the Government of Canada Award for his contribution to folklore in 1991. He founded and was the chief researcher of the project The Essence of Bosniak Epics which was sponsored by Matica Hrvatska and financed by the Croatian Ministry of Science.
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- Feb 13, 1955