Title:
Re-rigging Othering: Subversive Infantilisation in Contemporary Bosnian-Herzegovinian Prose
Author:
Fedja Borčak: Comparative Literature, Linnaeus University, Sweden
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.1461259
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Year:
2014
Volume:
6
Theme:
Theme: Concurrences: Culture Bound and Unbound Edited by Diana Brydon, Peter Forsgren & Gunlög Fur

Pages:
1259-1273
No. of pages:
15
Publication type:
Introduction
Published:
2014-12-15


In this article I put forward the concept of subversive infantilisation to designate a phenomenon in contemporary Bosnian literature, which by using a certain kind of childish outlook on the world undermines paternalistic and balkanist Western discourse on Bosnia and Herzegovina. By analysing primarily the portrayal of the role of mass media in a few literary texts, principally books by Nenad Veličkovié and Miljenko Jergovié, I highlight the way in which these texts “re-rig” and by means of irony and exaggeration illuminate the problematic logic inherent in the subject position from which one represents the other. Textual characteristics of subversive infantilisation are contextualised further and seen as a discursive continuation of experiences of the 1990s war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Keywords: Subversive infantilisation; balkanism; Bosnian literature; Jergovié; Veličkovié; Samardžic

Volume 6, Theme:: Theme: Concurrences: Culture Bound and Unbound Edited by Diana Brydon, Peter Forsgren & Gunlög Fur

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Author:
Fedja Borčak
Title:
Re-rigging Othering: Subversive Infantilisation in Contemporary Bosnian-Herzegovinian Prose:
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.1461259
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