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After YugoslaviaThe Cultural Spaces of a Vanished Land$
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Radmila Gorup

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804784023

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804784023.001.0001

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Culture of Memory or Cultural Amnesia

Culture of Memory or Cultural Amnesia

The Uses of the Past in the Contemporary Croatian Novel

(p.228) 15 Culture of Memory or Cultural Amnesia
After Yugoslavia

Andrea Zlatar-Violić

Stanford University Press

Croatian literature in the 1990s was marked by a series of questions—about cultural continuity and discontinuity, about changes in the genre system due to changes in the transitional economy and distribution, and about the emergence of new authors and individual poetics. During the last twenty years we have seen the increased quality of literary production and the creation of a new, relatively stable, reading public. The main themes of novels and short stories (which are the most popular genres) in the last few years have been the historical issues of cultural memory and cultural amnesia. How to face history, especially the postwar reality, is, for Croatian authors such as UgreŠić, Jergović, Drakulić, Sajko, Bukovac, Simić, BodroŽić, et al., primarily an individual ethical question which reopens the issues of guilt and responsibility.

Keywords:   cultural continuity and discontinuity, genre system, transitional economy and distribution, cultural memory, cultural amnesia, guilt and responsibility

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