Critical and Comparative Perspectives on American Studies

Tatjana Bijelić, "Between Homeland and Hostland: Women Migrants’ Agency in US Post-Yugoslav Novels", Twentieth-Century Literature:

Although massive (post)socialist migration from Eastern Europe to the West is becoming increasingly represented in post-Soviet and post-Yugoslav writing, contemporary novels on women’s experiences of immigration have received scant attention, both in their host countries and in their countries of origin. This essay contributes to emerging research on Eastern European women’s migrant writing by juxtaposing two semiautobiographical novels that belong to post-Yugoslav diasporic women’s literature: Nadja Tesich’s Native Land (1998) and Natasha Radojčić’s You Don’t Have to Live Here (2005). The main protagonists of both novels are transnational mediators whose migrant identities are reshaped at the intersection of Yugoslavia and the United States, and they offer provocative perspectives on women’s interlinked lives in homeland and host communities. While Tesich fictionalizes a postsocialist migrant’s uneasy relationship with transnational feminism in ways that anticipate her later entrapment in neotraditional gender roles, Radojčić illustrates patriarchal gendering under socialism to describe her own resistance to the gender confines of capitalism. The article focuses on the novels’ different representations of transnational exchanges, exploring to what extent women migrants achieve agency in the complex world of multicultural transactions.

Critical and Comparative Perspectives on American Studies

Editor(s): Ksenija Kondali, Faruk Bajraktarević; Contributors: Željka Babić;

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This volume explores the convergences and divergences of American Studies today, and, more specifically, investigates how this discipline might be approached. Drawing on a wide range of perspectives, the essays brought together here address concerns related to the role and capacity of American Studies in the early 21st century, amidst alarming circumstances of environmental, economic, and educational degradation in a world characterized by a transnational flux of people, money, and cultures.

DICKINSONIAN INTONATIONS IN MODERN POETRY

Tatjana Bijelić

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“Dickinsonian Intonations in Modern Poetry offers a fresh and unique
perspective on Anglo-American literature. Focusing on Emily Dickinson’s lesser-known translocational poems and their own concepts of
space and spirituality, the author traces a line of poetic influence that
originates with Dickinson and includes diverse Imagist, confessional,
feminist, and contemporary voices. Written with flair and sophistication, the book combines theoretically grounded close readings of relevant poems and a creative-critical approach to literary texts.”

Faulkner and Selimovic Were Here: Modernism, Alienation and Disintegration

Dr. Selma Raljevic

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The purpose of a monograph entitled Faulkner and Selimovic Were Here: Modernism, Alienation and Disintegration by Dr. Selma Raljevic is to critically analyze a comparative topic: “Modernism, Alienation and Disintegration in Selected Works by William Faulkner and Mehmed Mesa Selimovic”. William Faulkner (1897-1962) is considered one of the most important American novelists, as well as Mesa Selimovic (1910-1982) is considered one of the most important Bosnian and Herzegovinian writers.
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