The publication brings jointly a number of the top recognized commentators and students who write approximately former Yugoslavia. The essays concentrate on the post-Yugoslav cultural transition and check out to respond to questions on what has been received and what has been misplaced because the dissolution of the typical state. many of the contributions could be noticeable as present makes an attempt to make feel of the prior and support cultures in transition, in addition to to file on them.
The quantity is a mix of own essays and scholarly articles and that mix of genres makes the booklet either relocating and informative. Its significance is exclusive. whereas many reports live at the explanations of the loss of life of Yugoslavia, this assortment touches upon those explanations yet is going past them to spot Yugoslavia's legacy in a entire manner. It brings themes and writers, often taken care of individually, into fruitful conversation with each other.
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Ultimately the collapse of the Party and of international relevance spelled doom for socialist Yugoslavia—but why was disintegration so incomprehensibly violent? There is still no good, book-length study of the Wars of Yugoslav Secession, Djokić notes. ” Paradoxically, some form of “Yugoslavism” might continue to flourish outside of the confines of a common state. ” Warning that a clear picture cannot emerge from nationalist, anticommunist agendas or from Yugo-nostalgia, he calls for a rational assessment of the benefits of a common South Slavic culture.
Part I My Yugoslavia: Personal Essays 1 My Yugoslavia Maria Todorova “My Yugoslavia” is my way of sharing with the ones for whom Yugoslavia was an existential reality, their home for good or for bad, how a view from the outside was shaped. While it is an external view, it is not necessarily foreign: I would dare to say it is the view of an intimate stranger (or, less poetically, of a neighbor). This is not a research essay that pretends to add new knowledge or novel analysis. What it does do is illustrate my scholarly and personal engagements with Yugoslavia; it is a kind of Bildungs essay.
In “Cheesecakes and Bestsellers: Contemporary Serbian Literature and the Scandal of Transition,” Rosić emphasizes the agonies of market pressure. More pessimistic than either Beganović or Zlatar-Violić, Rosić considers the “transitional” literary market to be neocolonial and to have “fatally impacted” Serbian literature. Gone is the highbrow “pleasure of the text,” as she uses Roland Barthes’ phrase, to be replaced with mass entertainment of the sort that Adorno and Horkheimer considered the end of resistance.
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