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Усмена епика vs. Царство небеско
Oral Epics Vs. Kingdom of Heaven

The Case of The Blind Woman from Grgurevci

Author(s): Lidija D. Delić
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Local History / Microhistory, Gender history, Recent History (1900 till today), Serbian Literature
Published by: Филолошки факултет, Универзитет у Београду
Keywords: Slepa from Grgurevci; oral epics; poetics; Kingdom of Heaven; Battle of Kosovo; Kosovo Maiden

Summary/Abstract: The poems of a blind woman from Grgurevci, some of the best poems Vuk Karadžić published in Vienna in 1845, are included in the literary and national canon to the greatest extent. The most famous details from her opus – Lazar’s choice of the Kingdom of Heaven and the image of Kosovka devojka (Kosovo Maiden) giving wine to the wounded from the golden goblet after the battle – are exclusive in epic corpus and remembered thanks to exceptional variations of this performer. Therefore, her contribution to cultural heritage is almost immeasurable. Nevertheless, these motives will not be (primarily) studied as elements of individual poetics because: 1) there is no way to determine if Slepa from Grgurevci (The Blind Woman from Grgurevci) introduced the motives herself or assumed them from one of her antecedents, and 2) oral literature is essentially supra-individual. Slepa from Grgurevci is a striking example of a much used practice of oral poets who transferred different and sometimes contradictory layers of tradition and relied on old formulas and plot patterns, while crossing numerous tradition branches.The analysis of the above mentioned motives in wider epic and Indo-European context will reveal great tension between these layers of tradition, as well as their position and semantic.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 54-68
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Serbian