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Charles Bene French expert for Croatian Renaissance writer Marko Marulic
By Prof.Dr. Darko Zubrinic | Published  01/11/2009 | People , Culture And Arts , Awards | Unrated
Charles Bene author of several monographs dealing with Croatian Renaissance literature

Dr. Charles Béné (1919-2005), distinguished French scholar, expert in the Croatian Renaissance literature (on the left), receiving the INA Award for international promotion of Croatian culture from Ivan Ðerek, president of the Jury, Zagreb 1994.

Dr. Charles Béné (1919-2005), a retired professor from the University of Grenoble, is a European authority on 16th century literature, in particular Christian and Humanistic literature.

In this filed he has published about eighty books and studies. He has earned renown mainly through his works on Rabelaise, Montaigne and Erasmo of Rotterdam. Recently, he has placed Marko MARULIÆ on par with these world-famous classics, dedicating a major academic effort to the studying of his work.

At international conferences in Saint-Etienne, Fribourg, Clermont-Ferrand, Copenhagen, Lody and Grenoble, professor Béné discussed various aspects of Maruliæ's literary works, and his discourses were published in distinguished European magazines. He has also studied other Croatian writers of the Humanism and Renaissance movements: Juraj ©I®GORIÆ, Marin DR®IÆ and Matija VLAÈIÆ.

He wrote a monogaph on the Maruliæ's Latin poem, "Carmen de doctrina Domini Nostri Iesu Christi pendentis in cruce", which was published in a trilingual version by the National University Library of Zagreb and the "Knji¾evni krug" of Split (Zagreb 1994), in which he presented the global value of Maruliæ's text and broadened the perceptions regarding the father of Croatian literature.

Professor Béné was encouraged, in particular, by the success which the books of Maruliæ have encountered throughout Europe, and his recent research corraborates his thesis that this humanistic scholar from Split should be classified as a classic of global spritual literature. He promotes this thesis with success in European academic circles, indicating simultaneously that the Croatian contribution to the European humanistic movement should be appreciated.

Professor Béné, whom Croatian friends lovingly call Dragec Beniæ, is moreover an altruistic friend of Croatia, its culture and history, which he clearly proved over the period of the war through his intercession in favor of truth and justice.

Ranko Marinkoviæ,
Member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts,
 President of the Jury

Source: Prix INA pour la promotion de la culture croate dans le monde; lauréat Charles Béné, INA Industrija nafte, Club culturel croate, Zagreb, Croatie, 1994

Since 2002 Professor Charles Béné was elected a member correspondent  of the Croatian Academy of Arts and Science. He was honorary member of the Croatian Society of Literary Translators, and obtained special recognition from the Split Literary Circle.

Dr. Bratislav Luèin, Split: Charles Béné (1919-2005) - In Memoriam [PDF], Colloquia Maruliana XV (2006), pp. 346-348

Bibliographia Maruliana by Charles Béné: [PDF]

A few references:

Marko Maruliæ, l'Europe et l'Angleterre. Béné, Charles. Essais sur le Discours de l'Europe éclatée, 11, 1993, p. 55-69.

Charles Béné: Études Maruliennes - le rayonnement europeen de l'œuvre de Marc Marule de Split, Erasmus naklada, Zagreb, 1998, ISBN 953-6132-47-8

Charles Béné (in French): A review of the 1999 monograph Marko Maruliæ Marul by Mirko Tomasoviæ, Colloquia Maruliana, Vol. 9, Split 2000

Presentation of Charles Béné's translation of Maruliæ's Judith into French, Sorbonne, Paris, in 2005. From the left: Henrik Heger (professor at Sorbonne and president of Almae Matric Croatiacae in Paris), Charles Béné, Cvijeta Pavloviæ and Mirko Tomasoviæ.

Charles Béné, un marulologue exemplaire, here with the acknowledgement - Golden Coat of Arms of the City of Split, Croatia.

Destiny of a Poem, a monograph by Charles Béné dealing with Marko Maruliæ.

Another monograph by Charles Béné published in French.

Charles Béné translated Marko Maruliæ's Judith from Croatian into French.

Charles Béné translated an important book by Mirko Tomasoviæ from its Italian translation into French.

Many thanks to Mrs. Vesna Buæan, secretary of the Croatian Cultural Club in Zagreb, for her kind help. Also many thanks to professors Bratislav Luèin and Branko Joziæ from Knji¾evni krug Split, Marulianum, for their generous help.

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