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There Was Once A Country An impossible chronotope in the writings of Slavenka Drakulić and Dubravka Ugrešić

Bahun, Sanja (2010) 'There Was Once A Country An impossible chronotope in the writings of Slavenka Drakulić and Dubravka Ugrešić.' European Journal of English Studies, 14 (1). pp. 63-74. ISSN 1382-5577

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This article addresses the construction and role of the former Yugoslavia as what the author terms a 'relational chronotope' in the diasporic writing practices of two women writers: Slavenka Drakulic and Dubravka Ugresic. In novels such as Ugresic's The Museum of Unconditional Surrender (1998) and The Ministry of Pain (2004), and Drakulic's S.: A Novel about the Balkans (1999), all of which have had substantial success in the European book market, the times and spaces of the former Yugoslavia coalesce in an impossible chronotope. Rather than being figured as either a space or a non-space, the chronotope of the former country spreads and disseminates, penetrating narratively into various other European places and experiences, and binding these places and experiences to the interiority of the diasporic, or displaced, narrative subject. This 'relational' chronotope and its narrative resultants (the establishment of a memory map of an impossible place or of an interior cadaver) have a distinctive association with the figuration of space and time in melancholia. The article argues that functioning as a potent, if uncertain, channel of reparation, this chronotope presents itself as a particularly adequate strategy for the narrative negotiation of a traumatic history. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: post-conflict trauma; diasporic writing; chronotope; melancholia; Yugoslavia
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PG Slavic, Baltic, Albanian languages and literature
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities > Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2012 11:19
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:20

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