Skender Kulenović’s Djelidba (Taking Share) and the Culture of Memory of Yugoslav Socialism Cover Image

Djelidba Skendera Kulenovića i kultura pamćenja jugoslavenskog socijalizma
Skender Kulenović’s Djelidba (Taking Share) and the Culture of Memory of Yugoslav Socialism

Author(s): Sanjin Kodrić
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Univerzitet u Sarajevu
Keywords: Skender Kulenović’s dramatic opus; the 20th century Bosnian-Herzegovinian / Bosniak drama and theatre; Yugoslav socialistic realism; cultural memory

Summary/Abstract: This study offers a literary-historical understanding of Skender Kulenović’s comedy Djelidba (1947), an ideologically controversial dramatic work in its time, and its reception within the context of the culture of memory of Yugoslav socialism. Starting from the methodological position of the theory of cultural memory and the post-structuralist ‘turn to history’, first of all American new historicism, the author discusses the status of the comedy in regard to the particular poetics of so-called Yugoslav ‘socialistic realism’, the wider socio-cultural situation of both its production and its reception, as well as the methodological presumptions of mostly Bosnian-Herzegovinian literary criticism under the more or less powerful ideological impact of ex-Yugoslav socialistic regime. Understanding literature as a very important constituent of culture in its entirety or as one of its central discourses, the author pays special attention to different processes of cultural exchange, particularly exploring the relation between literature and proscriptive cultural or social power.

  • Issue Year: XLVIII/2007
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 241-272
  • Page Count: 32
  • Language: Bosnian