Serbian Studies

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 1, Spring

A Meeting with Goethe
I was in Weimar eight days and can say that those were the most glorious days of my life up until now. I had a letter for Goethe from Grimm, in which he sent him a translation in German of the epic poem The Partition of Jaksices. I cannot ... say how...
An Introduction to Serbian Literature
Serbian literature is a branch of the large tree that grew on the rocky and often bloody Balkan Peninsula during the last millennium. Its initial impulse came from the introduction of Christianity in the ninth century among the pagan Slavic tribes,...
Borislav Pekic (1930-92)
Borislav Pekic was born in Podgorica, Montenegro, in a well-to-do middle class family. His problems with the communist regime started immediately after the liberation of Belgrade in 1944 and culminated in 1948, when the police arrested him as a member...
Dositej Obradovic (1742-1811)
Dositej Obradovic is one of the most deserving men in Serbian literature. Born in Cakovo, Vojvodina, and orphaned early, he entered the monastery of Hopovo as a monk. He spent all his time reading. His inquisitive mind and wanderlust made him leave...
Ivo Andric (1892-1975)
Ivo Andric was born near Travnik, in Bosnia. He received his education in Zagreb, Graz, and Vienna. During World War I he was imprisoned by the Austrians because of his open pro-Yugoslav stand. After the war he served as a diplomat in many European...
Kir-Janja (Excerpt)
Act II, Scene 3 KIR-JANJA: (enters, does not look at anybody, only paces the room) Hu, hu, hu! MISIC: What is it, kir-Janja? JANJA: Hu! I'm going to have a stroke. KATICA: Dear me, let's call a doctor! MISIC: To take a few more kreutzers...
Petar Petrovic Njegos (1813-51)
Petar Petrovic Njegos was born in the Montenegrin village of Njegos in 1813. Because of the unsettled conditions in Montenegro, he could not receive a regular education; instead, he was privately tutored, mostly by a gifted but eccentric poet named...
Serbian Folk Poetry
Serbian folk poetry was created during the centuries of Turkish occupation. At first, and for a long time, it was delivered orally by singers accompanying their recitation by a one-string instrument called gusle. In 1814 Vuk Karadzic collected those...
The Cabinet Minister's Wife
Act III XIV VASA, ZIVKA, THE FAMILY VASA: (coming in from the street) Zivka, here they come. ZIVKA: Who? VASA: The family. DARA: I'll withdraw! (Leaves.) VASA: (opening the back door) Come in! (A complete gallery of various comic...
To the Serbian Council
I am being persecuted and harassed both secretly and in public, and I am forbidden to justify and defend myself. When thousands of leaflets were printed and distributed among the people, saying that I had written or done something for Luther and...
Vuk Stefanovic Karadzic (1784-1864)
Vuk Stefanovic Karadzic was born in the village of Trsic, Western Serbia, in 1787. He was one of Serbia's first students of higher education. He participated in the first Serbian uprising against the Turks and, after its failure, had to emigrate. He...