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Literary Criticism Eastern

Writing the Yugoslav Wars

Literature, Postmodernism, and the Ethics of Representation

by (author) Dragana Obradovic

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2016
Eastern, General, General
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 In Writing the Yugoslav Wars, Dragana Obradović analyses how the Yugoslav wars of secession helped shape the region’s literary culture. Obradović argues that the crisis of the country’s disintegration posed an ethical challenge to self-identified postmodernists. This book takes a transnational approach to literatures of the former Yugoslavia that have been, since the 1990s, studied separately, in line with geopolitical divisions. This post-socialist conflict was one of the moments that reshaped postmodernism for both local and international thinkers, much in the same way modernism was shaped by World War I and the advent of mechanized warfare.

About the author

Dragana Obradović is an associate professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Toronto.

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Editorial Reviews

‘Highly recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty.’

Choice Magazine vol 54:11:2017

"[Writing the Yugoslav Wars] fulfills its promise of meticulous analysis of literary discourse, and deserves praise for this."

Slavic Review Vol 77:01:2020