Academic journal article Serbian Studies

Jelena Milojkovic-Duric. Usponi Srpske Kulture: Knjizevni, Muzicki, I Likovni Zivot 1900-1918

Academic journal article Serbian Studies

Jelena Milojkovic-Duric. Usponi Srpske Kulture: Knjizevni, Muzicki, I Likovni Zivot 1900-1918

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Jelena Milojkovic-Duric. Usponi srpske kulture: Knjizevni, muzicki, i Hkovni zivot 1900-1918. Sremski Karlovci: Izdavacka knjizarnica Zorana Stojanovica, 2008, 238 pages.

Jelena Milojkovic-Duric has published several books on the historical and critical aspects of Serbian culture. Her latest book, Usponi srpske culture Knjizevni, muzicki i likovni zivot 1900-1918 (Ascents of Serbian Culture: Literary, Musical, and Fine Arts Life 1900-1918), covers one of the most important two decades in Serbian culture. As the title indicates, Milojkovic concentrates on the three most important cultural aspects. Among them individually, she underscores the three leading figures in each field, Jovan Skerlic in literature, Stevan Mokranjac in music, and Paja Jovanovic in painting. The first decade of the twentieth century saw significant developments in all these fields, such as in the changes from the realistic to the modernistic, Western approaches in Serbian literature and in the appearance of new writers and critics, in the change from the mostly representational paintings based on historical events and figures to impressionistic ones, among others, and from folklore-based to modern Western music. The author diligently follows such activities. Jovan Skerlic, considered to be the most influential literary critic in the first two decades of the twentieth century, and Bogdan Popovic, the founder oi Srpski knjizevni glasnik, receive the lion's share of attention, along with the new writers, such as Aleksa Santic, Jovan Duric, and Milan Rakic. …

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