BCS 436 - Modern Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Literature
Section: 001 Nobody's Home: Po-ethics of Exile
Term: WN 2011
Subject: Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian (BCS)
Department: LSA Slavic Languages & Literatures
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From foundational myths to contemporary world literature, exile has taken on many contradictory guises: as communal punishment, political dissidence, poetic estrangement, or as some philosophers and writers have argued, as the human condition par excellence.

In this course we will discuss the various ethical and aesthetic dimensions of 20th century experience of exile, taking as our primary material the translated novels of Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav authors (Miroslav Krleža, Ivo Andric, Danilo Kiš, David Albahari, Aleksandar Hemon, Dubravka Ugrešic). Moving across the 20th century literary landscape, we will encounter new configurations of exile as a direct response to totalitarian and populist ideologies that have swept the former Yugoslavia and Easter Europe in their recent history. Special attention will be paid to the resurgence of nationalist discourses that lead to the break-up of Yugoslavia, leaving in its wake a new flood of displaced persons, refugees, and exiles. We will address various questions: What are the varieties of exile? Is exile gendered? Is exile a choice or an imposition? If chosen, is it an aesthetic or an ethical commitment? Is there pleasure in exile? Is cosmopolitanism synonymous with exile? Is exile a gesture of political and social protest? How does an exile construct an autobiography? What are the common poetic tropes of exile writing? What is exile’s attitude towards adopted land and homeland? Towards language? And finally, the big one: Can we ever feel at home in the world?

BCS 436 - Modern Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 1891830422
Regards from Serbia, Author: by Aleksandar Zograf ; [contributions by Terry Jones and Chris Ware]., Publisher: Top Shelf 2007
ISBN: 0811214931
The museum of unconditional surrender, Author: Dubravka Ugresic ; translated by Celia Hawkesworth., Publisher: New Directions 2002
ISBN: 0375727000
The question of Bruno, Author: Aleksandar Hemon., Publisher: Vintage Books 1st Vintag 2001
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 087286345X
Sarajevo blues, Author: Semezdin Mehmedinovic ; translated from the Bosnian and with an introduction by Ammiel Alcalay., Publisher: City Lights Books 1998
ISBN: 1564782735
A tomb for Boris Davidovich, Author: Danilo Kis; introduction by Joseph Brodsky; afterword by William T. Vollman; translated by Duska Mikic-Mitchell., Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press 1. Dalkey 2001
ISBN: 0810118831
Bait, Author: David Albahari ; translated from the Serbian by Peter Agnone., Publisher: Northwestern University Press Uncorrecte 2001
ISBN: 0810112469
The return of Philip Latinowicz, Author: Miroslav Krleza ; translated from the Croatian by Zora Depolo ; with an introduction by Stuart Morgan., Publisher: Northwestern University Press 1989
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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