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Антропологија научне фантастике
Anthropology of Science Fiction

A Tradition in Genre Literature

Author(s): Ivan Đorđević
Contributor(s): Dragana Radojičić (Editor), Jelena Čvorović (Translator)
Subject(s): History, Anthropology, Social Sciences, Language and Literature Studies, Recent History (1900 till today), Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Post-War period (1950 - 1989), Transformation Period (1990 - 2010), Present Times (2010 - today), Theory of Literature
Published by: Етнографски институт САНУ
Keywords: anthropology; science fiction; genre literature; folklore; pop-culture; Serbian science-fiction literature;
Summary/Abstract: This monograph analyzes and discusses usage o f some traditional motives in Serbian science-fiction literature in relation to socio-cultural milieu since 1970’s until today. The object of analysis covers the works in genre literature published since late 1970’s up to the present. The sources included so-called specialized journals from the given period as well as certain number o f novels published since the late 1980’s until present. The first part o f the analysis covers the whole area o f the former Yugoslavia, especially the published works from 1970’s and 1980’s. However, the focus is on the literary production originated in Serbia since m id 1980’s until the present. The sociocultural milieu o f this period appears as especially interesting: the period is characterized by a process of tradition revival, the usage o f certain traditional elements outside their context, to target various aims. M y primary goal is to analyze a certain genre o f literary production which carries particular pop-culture contents and to determine the potential influences o f the process o f tradition revival. In addition, I will point out to how such literature constitutes a reality per se. By taking into account the literature production until the present, I will point out to not only the usage o f certain traditional motives but also their transformation and modification in regards to the societal reality in which they originated. That is, this particular approach will allow us to determine ways and means used by a culture to represent itself both to the insiders and outsiders.

  • Print-ISBN-13: 978-86-7587-056-2
  • Page Count: 141
  • Publication Year: 2009
  • Language: Serbian