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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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Yugoslavia A Defeated Argument?

Yugoslavia A Defeated Argument?

(p.38) 2 Yugoslavia A Defeated Argument?
After Yugoslavia

Vesna Goldsworthy

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In one of the three personal essays in this volume, Goldsworthy argues that Yugoslavia as a defeated argument refuses to go away. She brings old documents and artifacts--her album, postcard, passport, and identity card--to speak of the return of the Yugoslav repressed. Goldsworthy calls herself better versed in writing about “the idyll of Tito’s Yugoslavia” although her firsthand memories have been partly supplanted by the violent “newsreel” Yugoslavia of the 1990s mediascapes. Admitting freely to her own possessive nostalgia, Goldsworthy notes the irritation one feels at others’ memories, which always seem to falsify our own. She turns to the dimmed appeal of the European Union, whose byzantine bureaucracy looks familiar to post-Yugoslavs: both confederations derive from the afterlife of Austria-Hungary. Finally, Goldsworthy points to the post-Yugoslav culture flourishing in a multitude of languages and in places where one does not expect to find it.

Keywords:   socialist Yugoslavia, “newsreel” Yugoslavia, memoir, Yugoslav diaspora, former Yugoslavs, nostalgia

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