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ШВАБИЦА ИЛИ РЕТОРИКА ОДГОДЕ
SVABICA OR THE RHETORIC OF DELAY

Author(s): Snežana Milosavljević-Milić
Subject(s): Serbian Literature, Theory of Literature, Rhetoric
Published by: Матица српска
Keywords: Švabica; The German girl; Laza Lazarević; Serbian literature;

Summary/Abstract: Laza Lazarević’s short story švabica (The German Girl) is receptionally intriguing more by what it implies, does not say, negates, masks or delays, than by what it openly indicates. Narrative equivalents of this rhetoric of delay are contained in the forms of the disnarrated and the nonnarrated, as well as in the frequent iterations. The technique of pseudo-manuscript in the framework of the short story points to the unambiguous distance which the implicit author takes from the story. The strategy of ellipse, which follows the hypothetical parts of the story, is getting broader and broader, coming to include not only the possible lost letters and „the damaged sections” of the existing ones, but also the bosom-friend’s words and the words of other heroes -tenants of the boarding house. The metonymical character of the letter recipient/bosom-friend represents the set of values confronting the main hero who falls into temptation.

  • Issue Year: 59/2011
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 307-319
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Serbian