Voices in the Shadows: Women and Verbal Art in Serbia and Bosnia

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Central European University Press, Jan 1, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 281 pages
The first complete literary history in relation to women's writing in south-east Europe. The author provides a broad chronological account of this contribution, dividing the book into two main parts; the earlier period up until the eighteenth century concentrates on the projections of gender through the medium of oral tradition and the lives of a handful of educated women in medieval Serbia and the few works of literature they left. Hawkesworth also looks at the written literature produced by women, first in the mid-nineteenth century and then at the turn of the century. The second part focuses on the trials and tribulations that affected feminism and women's literature throughout the twentieth century. The author finishes by highlighting the new women's movement, 1975-1990, a great period for women in Yugoslavia which created a stimulating atmosphere for outstanding pieces of women's journalism, prose and verse, culminating in the creation of new women's studies courses in many universities.

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Cultural Baggage
Womens Contribution to the Oral Tradition
Womens Voices in the Middle Age
The Nineteenth Century
The Turn of the Century New Opportunities 19001914
Between the Two World Wars Modernization
The Second Yugoslavia 19451991
Womens Writing in Bosnia Herzegovina

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About the author (2000)

Celia Hawkesworth taught Serbian and Croatian language and literature at the University of London for many years. She now works as a freelance writer and translator. Her long involvement with the language and culture of the region began with her first visit to Zagreb in 1955.

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