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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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The Palimpsests of Nostalgia

The Palimpsests of Nostalgia

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After Yugoslavia

Venko Andonovski

Stanford University Press

Since 1990, Macedonian literature has been faced with a pressing temptation: to embrace the challenge of globalization and to accept untraditional modes of writing— intertextuality, parody, and palimpsest—as a way to redefine notions of history, nationality, and nationalism. These came as a result of the general political movements and conditions in Macedonia: the death of Yugoslavia and the emergence of independent and democratic states in the Balkans. There are now two main movements in Macedonian literature – “traditionalists” and “postmodernists.” This chapter deals only with the second movement, which has imposed itself over traditional modes of writing in the last two decades. “Postmodernists” accepted all the vehicles, devices, and modes of postmodern writing, but did not sever connections with literary tradition. Macedonian literature today shows nostalgia for the changes that affected its very essence, and Macedonian contemporary writers are recycling traditional literary and historical codes into pseudo-historical palimpsests.

Keywords:   challenges of globalization, traditionalists, postmodernists, recycling traditional literary codes, palimpsest and quest for identity, nostalgia, local setting, global chronotopes, Otherness

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