Serbian Studies

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 1, Spring

An Outline of the Cultural History of the Serbian Community in Chicago
Serb immigration to the U.S. began in the second half of the nineteenth century. The first Serbian American churches, cultural institutions, fraternal organizations and newspapers were established in the last two decades of the nineteenth century....
Church of the Mother of God in Studenica: Analysis of the Architectural Decoration
Introduction The church of the Mother of God, a katholikon of Studenica monastery located in south-central Serbia, was built both as a church and a mausoleum for the founder of the Nemanjic dynasty. The grand zupan Stefan Nemanja (r. 1167-96) began...
Dislocation and the Loss of Identity in Milos, Crnjanski's Migrations. the Two Choices of the Emigre
In Milos Crnjanski's Migrations the issues of displacement and identity are paramount. A picture of two brothers is asserted by the author in an attempt to illustrate what happens to the psychology of a landless people who must choose between assimilation...
Jovan Marinovic, Serbia's Outstanding European Diplomat, 1821-93
1. Early Life and Career Jovan Marinovic, dubbed "the Bosnian," played an important role in the affairs of 19th century Serbia, both at home an abroad. Widely respected and esteemed in Europe as Serbia's cooperative gentleman-diplomat, he was a...
Language within the Battle between History and Memory in David Albahari's Gotz and Meyer
The dilemma of transmitting traumatic experiences has haunted the intellectual world for most of the twenties century. It has taken on an even greater importance after the events of World War II, especially the systematic extermination of peoples achieved...
Neorealism in Serbian Prose of the 1990s: Its Development and Transformations
Vladimir Arsenijevic's first novel In the Hold (U potpalublju) was published in 1994, in the middle of the last Balkan war. Nobody expected that the first novel of an anonymous aouthor would win the prestigious NIN Literary Award. And yet Arsenijevic...
Subverted Epic Oral Tradition in South Slavic Written Literatures, 16th-19th Centuries
Considering the importance of Irish folklore in W. B. Yeats's work, it does not come as a surprise that this poet was among the first to recognize how much written literature owes oral tradition. In a literary "causerie" published in the Speaker in...
"The Orthodox Spirit and the Ethic of Capitalism": A Case Study on Serbia and Montenegro and the Serbian Orthodox Church
Introduction The fundamental tenant of the Vienna Conference (1) on "The Orthodox Spirit and the Ethic of Capitalism" (2) is to endeavor towards an Orthodox Christian approach to capitalism, predicated upon Max Weber's monumental work The Protestant...
The Representations of the Virgin on Cretan Icons in Serbian Churches in Bosnia-Herzegovina
Introduction After the fall of Constantinople in 1453, the island of Crete, which had been under Venetian occupation since 1204, became the most important artistic centre in the Greek Orthodox world. Many scholars and artists who had fled to Crete...
Vesna Goldsworthy: Chernobyl Strawberries
The subtitle of Vesna Goldsworthy's book Chernobyl Strawberries, "A Memoir" signals not only a literary genre, but a promise. Here, as in historiography, it is not truth itself, but a promise of truth which constitutes the genre. If books in any shape...
Voices of Remembrance: Borislav Pekic's Correspondence with Danilo Kis
In the early spring of 1970, Borislav Pekic decided to take a temporary refuge in London. This move was planned over a longer period of time as Pekic had to address his immediate obligations and secure the necessary travel documents. However, on the...