After Yugoslavia: The Cultural Spaces of a Vanished Land

The e-book brings jointly a few of the top identified 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 won and what has been misplaced because the dissolution of the typical kingdom. many of the contributions could be noticeable as present makes an attempt to make experience of the previous 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 blend of genres makes the booklet either relocating and informative. Its significance is exclusive. whereas many reviews stay at the reasons of the death of Yugoslavia, this assortment touches upon those reasons yet is going past them to spot Yugoslavia's legacy in a complete means. It brings subject matters and writers, frequently taken care of individually, into fruitful conversation with each other.

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Zorić’s study offers fascinating parallels to the final essay by Ugrešić, examining the Central European alternative as a republic of letters. 5 The third part, “Legacies of Yugoslavia: Cultural Returns,” is comprised of chapters by Mitja Velikonja, Gordana P. Crnković, and Marijeta Božović, focusing on what cultural traces remain or rise again in the post- Introduction 9 Yugoslav spaces. All three texts step back in time in order to move forward. Not coincidentally, all three chapters deal with culture more broadly: Yugo-music, posters, journals and avant-garde design, or the film career of Rade Šerbedžija.

Djokić compares Yugoslav nation building and language standardization to those of Germany and Italy, and finds Yugoslavia to have been something between a nation-state, with 80 percent of the population South Slavs, and a multinational state with a complex counterpoint of individual nationalisms. 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.

All three texts are fascinated with shared culture, cultures in dialogue, and cultures as dialogic; all turn with interest to marginal, borderline, or virtual spaces such as the Yugosphere. Zorić’s study offers fascinating parallels to the final essay by Ugrešić, examining the Central European alternative as a republic of letters. 5 The third part, “Legacies of Yugoslavia: Cultural Returns,” is comprised of chapters by Mitja Velikonja, Gordana P. Crnković, and Marijeta Božović, focusing on what cultural traces remain or rise again in the post- Introduction 9 Yugoslav spaces.

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