The Gottschee Germans lived in the Gottschee region since their colonisation in the 14th century until the 2nd World War (1941/1942). Coexistence with the Slovenian community is one of the main topics of their literary works and the main subject of the thesis. The research focuses on two selected literary works written by Gottschee authors: i.e. the historical novel Rebellion in der Gottschee (1938) by Karl Rom and the autobiography Zvonovi so umolknili (The Bells Ring No More) (2010) by John Tschinkel.
Based on imagology, the thesis analyses the literary depiction of Slovenia and Slovenes in both works and establishes that historical circumstances and the non-literary purpose of the work influenced the depicted portrayal. On the one hand, the novel Rebellion in der Gottschee portrays a stereotypically indecisive Slovenian in a subordinated position, while, according to the Daniel-Henri Pageaux´s classification of different approaches, phobic relationship towards Slovenian culture can be identified in its relation between the Other (Slovenian) and one’s own (Gottscheerisch), while the main goal of the autobiography Zvonovi so umolknili (The Bells Ring No More) is to show historical events objectively from both Slovenian and German point of view and in terms of imagological classification of philia.