Who is actually afraid of Milena Mohorič? The biography of a revolutionary in postsocialism Cover Image

Tko se, zapravo, boji Milene Mohorič? Biografija revolucionarke u postsocijalizmu
Who is actually afraid of Milena Mohorič? The biography of a revolutionary in postsocialism

Author(s): Natka Badurina
Subject(s): Gender Studies, Slovenian Literature, Sociology of Culture, History of Communism, Theory of Literature, Sociology of Literature
Published by: Slavistički komitet BiH
Keywords: Milena Mohorič; Lado Kralj; comunism; stalinism; women’s movement; fear of revolution;

Summary/Abstract: The paper will examine narrative and nonfiction works by Slovenian author Milena Mohorič, characterised by her interest in the position of women in bourgeois society between the two wars and by her commitment to women’s rights within the communist movement. Her partly autobiographical novel Korenove Saše učna doba (1940) will be analysed, particularly as regards the debate between liberal feminism on the one hand and the socialist fight for women’s rights on the other. The tragic events of her life are the subject of the recent biographical novel Če delaš omleto (2014) by Slovenian author Lado Kralj. Kralj’s novel refers directly to Korenove Saše učna doba, but also continues the chronological line of the story, depicting the author’s misfortunes during the purges of the Jugoslav Communist Party. The main female character and the narrative procedures in Kralj’s novel (humour, heteroglossia, elements of the fantastic, the relation between the fictional and the documented) will be the matter of an examination. Futhermore, the relation to historical events and the comparison of Kralj’s novel with Mohorič’s fictional and nonfictional texts will be discussed in order to see if Kralj’s novel may be considered as stimulating or limiting mediator in remembering women’s historical trauma.

  • Issue Year: II/2019
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 397-412
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Croatian
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