Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj and the Serbian Identity between Poetry and History

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dc.contributor.author ALEKSOV, Bojan
dc.date.accessioned 2007-07-05T09:16:11Z
dc.date.available 2007-07-05T09:16:11Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.issn 1830-7728
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/6927
dc.description.abstract The recent violent outburst of Serbian nationalism has attracted significant interest in the ever-growing field of nationalism studies. In addition, the so-called ‘cultural turn’ has engaged scholars in the reappraisal of significant aspects of Serbian culture, namely the ones that make it national, such as literature. In Serbian literature, as in that elsewhere, processes accompanying the building of the nation and its identity cannot be understood without proper exploration of the ideological and discursive practices of the national literature as well as modes of its canonization because these factors have defined for individuals who they were and to whom they owed their loyalty. Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj (1833-1904), who already during his lifetime acquired the title of the ‘people’s poet’, was chosen to illustrate the argument of this study. Zmaj imparted the image of a poet as national activist and acted as a key figure in the cultural and political life of the Serbs in Hungary, Croatia and Serbia during the entire second half of the 19th century. Revisiting Zmaj’s life and deeds illuminates the ways in which literary, ideological and political concerns of men of letters related to, and informed, the Serbian national identity-formation. His ideas on the cluster of issues including language, people, state and religion will be reviewed in their historical context as well as against subsequent attempts to adjust or abandon them if they did not fit the dominant national narrative. Using Zmaj I highlight the many-sidedness and historical contingency of the identity construction and question the common essentialist and deterministic views of a certain national culture and its derived political nationalism, whether they are critical or apologetic of its contents. en
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dc.publisher European University Institute
dc.relation.ispartofseries EUI MWP en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 2007/08 en
dc.subject Nationalism en
dc.subject National identity en
dc.subject Literature en
dc.subject Literary Canon en
dc.subject Romanticism en
dc.subject Liberalism en
dc.subject Anticlericalism en
dc.subject Yugoslav idea en
dc.title Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj and the Serbian Identity between Poetry and History en
dc.type Working Paper en
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