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Post-Yugoslav Spaces, Yugoslav Reappearances

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While political elites and new governments continue to assert the mutual distinctiveness of the Yugoslav successor states and omit any connection with a shared Yugoslav past, the art created in the region in the last two decades seems to frequently make, assume, and even emphasize these connections. This talk offers a brief discussion of such works and the ways in which they enact the above connections, including references to the Yugoslav-era works (of the other independent states) in post-Yugoslav literary and cinematic production, and the common inter-state connection in post-Yugoslav cinema production. The talk also points at one feature discernible in select contemporary literature and cinema—a certain “Krleža-like” attitude toward the present transition period and the world of “progress” and “success”—that could be identified as an aspect affected by the region’s connection with its Yugoslav past. Discussion will likewise include some of the most literal instances of bringing back, retrieving and re-activating of the Yugoslav intellectual and artistic past in the present, which take the form of reprinting or publishing for the very first time not only the artistic works but also the most “literal-level” words (as in interviews) of some of the central cultural figures of the former Yugoslavia.

Gordana P. Crnković is an Associate Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature and a member of Cinema Studies, Program for Theory and Criticism, and Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. Prof. Crnković got her doctorate from Stanford University’s Program in Modern Thought and Literature, and is the author of Imagined Dialogues: East European Literature in Conversation with American and English Literature (Northwestern UP 2000 , “Rethinking Theory” series), a co-editor with Sabrina P. Ramet of Kazaaam! Splat! Ploof! American Influence on European Popular Culture, 1945 to Present (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003), a guest co-editor with Aida Vidan of In Contrast: Croatian Film Today (Kinokultura February 2011), and the author of over thirty book chapters and articles on literature, film and cultural studies. Her latest publications include “The Poetry of Prose, the Unyielding of Sound,” in Marjorie Perloff and Craig Dworkin, editors, The Sound of Poetry, the Poetry of Sound (University of Chicago Press, 2009), and “Milcho Manchevski’s Before the Rain and the Ethics of Listening” in Slavic Review (Spring 2011). Prof. Crnković is also the writer and reader of the texts for Zagreb Everywhere (2001), an experimental video done in collaboration with a video artist Victor Ingrassia and musician David Hahn.

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