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Политизација културних разлика: распад Југославије у постсоцијалистичкој емигрантској прози
The dissolution of Yugoslavia in post-socialist emigrant’s prose

Author(s): Stefan Janković
Subject(s): Cultural history, Political history, Transformation Period (1990 - 2010)
Published by: Udruženje za društvenu istoriju

Summary/Abstract: Over the past twenty years the treatises about the dissolution of Yugoslavia has been raised and many answers have been given. The article has been dealing the cultural causes of the breakdown of SFR Yugoslavia propounded by the emigrant writers. It has been argued by their prose that the politicization of the cultural differences between nationalities has led to the dissolution of their homeland. Furthermore, writers in emigration have included the importance of the balkanization practices and the clashes between rural and urban culture. Nonetheless, there are differences among them in a way of interpretation of the mentioned topics. Although all of them belong to the liberal elucidations of the breakdown of Yugoslavia this analysis has proved certain exceptions. Slavenka Drakulić, for one, has insisted on a more conservative discourse whereas the writers like Ugresić and Štiks have stressed out more radical left interpretation. Their writing on dissolution has also been under the influence of the political and social context of the post-Cold War era. Using the paradigm of New Historicism, a current in the literature theories, the interpretations of the emigrant writers have been placed among the interpretation frames that had already been established by media and academic writers.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 57-82
  • Page Count: 26
  • Language: Serbian