Tatjana Aleksic

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Tatjana Aleksic

Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Graduate Student Advisor
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

812 E. Washington St., 3010 MLB, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1275

Office Location(s): 3010 MLB
Phone: 734-647-2141

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Comparative Literature, CREES, Slavic Languages & Literatures
  • Fields of Study
    • Literary Theory
    • Postmodern Fiction
    • Contemporary Balkan literature, with an emphasis on Serbian and Modern Greek fiction
    • Balkan Film
    • Myth, History, and Memory
    • Nationalism
    • Postcolonialism
    • Exile
    • Issues of Identity
    • Gender Issues
    • Music
  • About

    Tatjana Aleksic received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University in 2007 and has been teaching at the University of Michigan since 2007. She is the editor of Mythistory and Narratives of the Nation in the Balkans (2007). Additional publications include articles on nationalism, gender, language, and myth and translations into Serbian of short fiction, haiku, and medical textbooks.  She is the recipient of research awards from the University of Michigan (2008), Serbian Ministry for the Diaspora (2008), and a Rutgers University Dean’s fellowship (2002-2004).  She is active in National Association for Slavic Studies, the American Comparative Literature Association, and the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Ongoing projects include a book manuscript on sacrifice, the body, and the nation.  Teaching interests in Comparative Literature include undergraduate courses on twentieth-century culture and history, women and myth, and graduate seminars on nationalism, and poststructuralist theory.

    Languages: Serbo-Croatian (Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, native), working knowledge of French, Italian, Latin, Modern Greek.


    Sacrificed Body: Balkan Community Building and the Limits of Freedom. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013.
    Edited Volume
    Mythistory and Narratives of the Nation in the Balkans, Tatjana Aleksic, ed. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Ltd., UK, 2007.
    Refereed Journals
    “National Definition through Postmodern Fragmentation: Milorad Pavic's Dictionary of the Khazars.” Slavic and East European Journal (SEEJ) 53:1 (Spring 2009): 86-104.
    “The Sacrificed Subject of Rhea Galanaki’s Ismail Ferik Pasha.” Journal of Modern Greek Studies 27:1 (May 2009): 31-54.
    “Extricating the Self from History: Bait by David Albahari.” MMLA Journal 39:2 (Fall 2006): 54-70.
    Book Chapters
    “Making Patriarchal History Women’s Own: Eugenia Fakinou’s The Seventh Garment.” Myth and Violence in Contemporary Female Text: New Cassandras, Sanja Bahun-Radunovic, Julie Rajan, eds. Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2011, 143-160.
    “Grief Can only Be Written in One’s Mother Tongue.” Literature of Exile, Agnieszka Gutty, ed.
    New York, Berlin: Peter Lang Publishing, 2009, 155-175.
    “Disintegrating Narratives and Nostalgia in Post-Yugoslav Postmodern Fiction.” Balkan Literatures in the Era of Nationalism, Murat Belge, Jale Parla, eds. Istanbul, Turkey: Bilgi University Press, 2009, 3-14.
    “Mythistorical Genres of the Nation,” Mythistory and Narratives of the Nation in the Balkans, Tatjana Aleksic, ed. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Ltd., UK, 2007, 1-11.
    “The Balkan Immurement Legend: Between Myth and a Nationalist Project,” Mythistory and Narratives of the Nation in the Balkans, Tatjana Aleksic, ed. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Ltd., UK, 2007, 87-106.
    Encyclopaedia Entries and Other Publications
    Review of Vlastimir Sudar, A Portrait of the Artist as a Political Dissident: The Life and Work of Aleksandar Petrovic (Chicago: Intellect, The University of Chicago Press, 2013) The Slavic Review, scheduled for 2014.
    Review of Theodora Dragostinova, Between Two Motherlands: Nationality and Emigration Among Greeks of Bulgaria, 1900-1949 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2011). Journal of Modern Greek Studies, scheduled for 2014.
    Review of Aida Vidan and Gordana P. Crnkovic, eds., In Contrast: Croatian Film Today (New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2012). Slavic and Eastern European Journal (SEEJ), scheduled for 2014.
    Review of Gordana P. Crnkovic, Post-Yugoslav Literature and Film: Fires, Foundations, Flourishes (London: Continuum Press, 2012). The Slavic Review 72/4 (Winter 2013): 882-3.
    “Southeast European Novel,” Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel, Peter Logan et al. eds.
    Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011, 761-8.
    Review of Lorraine Mortimer, Terror and Joy: The Films of Dušan Makavejev (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009). The Slavic Review (Summer, 2010): 461-2.
    Review of Danilo Kiš, Mansarda, trans. John Cox (New York: Serbian Classics Press, 2008).
    World Literature Today (March/April 2009): 68-9.
    Review of Dubravka Ugrešic, Lend Me Your Character, trans.Celia Hawkesworth and Michael Henry Heim (Normal, London: Dalkey Archive Press, 2005). Balkanistica 20, (Spring 2007): 185-187.
    “Benevolent Racism: Can the Other Represent Itself?” Facta Universitatis, 2002, 349-357.

  • Education
    • 2002 MA in English Literature and Theory, University Of Nis, Serbia
      2007 Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Rutgers University
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