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Nacionalni književni kanon - mjesto moći
National literary canon - place of power

Author(s): Enver Kazaz
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Mediacentar Sarajevo

Summary/Abstract: The theme of this issue of Sarajevo Notebook is The National Literary Canon. Within the framework of this thematic block, literary theorists and critics from the former Yugoslavia try to analyse the concept of national literary canon and its implications in the post-Yugoslav reality of the Balkans. In doing so they focus their attention on the basic theoretical principles for determining the proper criteria for the identification of canonical writers and on the impact of dominant ideologies and political power centres on the formation of national canons in literature. Analysing the complex case of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Enver Kazaz writes of the canon as a place of political power, but also a weapon in the hands of national ideologies, which, taking maximal advantage of their manipulative potentials, see national canons as vital tools of further segregation in post-war Bosnian society.

  • Issue Year: 2005
  • Issue No: 08-09
  • Page Range: 122-133
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Bosnian