The Sacrificed Body
Balkan Community Building and the Fear of Freedom
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press
Title Page, About the Series, Copyright, Dedication
Introduction: The Legendary Roots of Community Construction
The immurement of a female body into the foundations of an edifice, usually a bridge, city walls, or a monastery, is a common trope known to exist in numerous variations in all literary traditions of the Balkan region. The Serbian epic poem The Building of Skadar and the Greek ballad The Bridge...
Chapter 1. Community, Power, and the Body
Anthropological, feminist, and even psychoanalytical studies frequently posit the motif of human sacrifice as a culturally nonspecific event, as a “civilizational” act par excellence. Many of their propositions are in tune with the imagery found in the Balkan legend of immurement. The well-known Freudian establishing of parricide as the founding social...
Chapter 2. A Failed Dream of a Balkan Community
The fact that the legend of immurement survives in many different forms and continues to be recognized as a cultural topos in the Balkans perhaps points to a conflicting dynamic of the region as a historically traumatized space and of its populations as a colorful, if occasionally explosive mix. The sacrificial myth itself, however, is frequently employed as a figure of speech...
Chapter 3. The Greek National Identity as the Father’s Testament
Even the most exclusive ethnoreligious, gender, or racial policies tend to demonstrate relative tolerance of inassimilable bodies at a time when the community experiences a period of peace or prosperity. However, the process of the establishment of authority in a community in crisis, or the (re)definition of the very concept of community, is the pivotal point that...
Chapter 4. The Yugoslav Cadavre Exquis: The Return of the Repressive
In the closing scenes of Želimir Žilnik’s Rani radovi (Early works) (1969), three angry men in factory overalls march through a proletarian neighborhood, grab a young woman by the arm, lead her out into the open field, and threaten to rape her. She defiantly confronts them and challenges their manliness. They are old friends, and she accuses them of cowardice and the...
Chapter 5. Demystifying the Sacrificial Imperative of History
Literature’s fascination with History (capital letter intended), the relationship that treats history as a metacognitive force existing outside of human influence and imparting its deadly blows upon us with divine disinterestedness, is a common trope. Much has been written about the awe with which humans, individuals and collectives alike, await these devastating blows and...
Conclusion: Community, Communalism, Communism
A TV sketch by the Sarajevan New Primitives collective, which aired some time in the late 1980s, illustrates the absence of political ambition and ideals among contemporary youth when juxtaposed with the generation of their parents, the protesters of 1968: joining student protests after decades of hiding in the forest, unaware that Tito’s repercussions for 1968 had long ceased, ...
Page Count: 328
Illustrations: 17 b& w Illustrations
Publication Year: 2013
OCLC Number: 867741442
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