Author(s): Edina Murtić
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Bosnian Literature
Published by: Filozofski fakultet Univerziteta u Sarajevu
Keywords: literature for children and youth; Alija Isaković; jargon; humor; realistic and fantastical

Summary/Abstract: This paper analyzes Lijeve priče (Left Stories) by Alija Isaković within the contexts of children’s literature and the author’s poetics.. In Lijeve priče Alija Isaković addresses a young reader in an original way, without false moralization or idealization. The importance of Isaković’s Lijeve priče inthe context of Bosnian-Herzegovinian prose for children lies in its departure from traditional topics and canonized style of children’s literature, as well as its discreet reliance on the previous cultural code, mirroring the author’s poetics.Unlike traditional stories for children, which genre-wise vary from fables to fairytales, Lijeve priče offers a particulry interesting selection of topics which extend well beyond the expected horizon. Thus,among others, the book explores transience or death, a highly unusual theme in children’s literature. Stylo-linguistically, the piece is a true storehouse of jargon, verbal and non-verbal communication tools. It is because of that that Lijeve priče is recognized as as the Bosnian-Herzegovinian prose in jeans, sharing almost all the characteristics with this prose category. Thanks to its adept verbal games and an abundance of stylistically marked lexemes, Isaković’s Lijeve priče yields a speciϐic type of humor with a softly parodic and satirical observation of real-world details and phenomena combined with fantastical elements, which also appear in the text. Finally, Isaković’s stories are disburdened of traditional moralizationand the young-reader-unfriendly type of didacticism. The narrator appreciates the implicit reader’s moral and intellectual integrity , which is why the paper acknowledges Isaković as a classic of Bosnian-Herzegovinianchildren’s literature.

  • Issue Year: 20/2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 267-278
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Bosnian