Ivo Andric and the Dynamic Aspects of the Balkan Cultural Identity

Darwin College Humanities and Social Sciences Group
Prof Dr Kornelije Kvas, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philology
The Richard King Room, Darwin College
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:00

The historical and fictional world of Ivo Andric is most frequently, Bosnia. He was born in Travnik, Bosnia, in Croat Catholic family. After the Second World War he declared himself as a Serb (definitely in his ID from 1951). The conflict in Andric identity is the conflict in identities of Bosnian people. Andric literary works refer to communities that co-exist side by side but are contrasted in the national, political, religious, and cultural senses. Bosnia, which can be seen as a small version of the former Yugoslavia and perhaps the whole of the Balkans, is a place where citizens are divided by religion: Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Islamic, and Jewish. Andric’s narrative simultaneously uses and interprets the history and the question of memory, by establishing a creative dialogue within the different forms of reality. Critical reading of Nobel's prize author Ivo Andric explores national, political and confessional differences and similarities in the Bosnia and Balkans. The aim of the paper is to show how reading of history determines collective memory and contemporary ethnic identities.
Keywords: Andric, narrative, history, Balkans, memory
Bio: Associate professor at the Department of Comparative Literature and Theory of Literature, Faculty of Philology in Belgrade. His research interests include the science of literature, theory of literature, cultural studies, romanticism and realism in literature, theories of interpretation, intertextuality. He participated in many international conferences. He published reviews, specialized and scientific articles in prominent scientific journals and proceedings. Books: Intertekstualnost u poeziji [Intertextuality in Poetry], Beograd, Zavod za udžbenike i nastavna sredstva, 2006; Istina i poetika [Truth and Poetics], Novi Sad, Akademska knjiga, 2011; Granice realizma [The Boundaries of Realism], Beograd, Zavod za udžbenike i nastavna sredstva, 2016.

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