By Duaan I. Bjelic (Editor), Obrad Savic (Editor)
Balkan. someplace among a tragedy and a fable, a spot and a situation, the time period could be most sensible understood as a metaphor. it's been used and abused in academia via proponents of opposing political opinions. Multiculturalism has appropriated it, as have postmodernism and postcommunism. it's used pejoratively to seek advice from over the top specialization and nostalgically to consult Europe's misplaced humans -- its wild warriors and passionate geniuses. This ebook explores the belief of the Balkan as metaphor and the that means of Balkan identification within the context of latest tradition. concentrating on Balkanism either as a physique of information and because the serious examine of that discourse, this ebook does for the Balkans what Edward Said's Orientalism did for "the Orient."The 16 authors, such a lot of whom have been born and trained within the Balkans, practice the Western educational instruments of postmodernism, poststructuralism, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, and important multiculturalism to themes as diverse as the rhetoric of Balkanization, the struggle in Kosovo, Western demonization and erotization of the Serbs, Balkan movie, human rights laws, Byzantinism, the vampire as a picture of Balkan violence, envy of the political and ethical capital of victimhood, the tendency of the Balkan psyche towards melancholy, Serbian machismo and homosexuality, and wartime rape. The ebook either lays the foundation for a brand new box of analysis and serves as an act of resistance opposed to the various kinds of illustration that holiday the Balkans into fragments reminiscent of NATO military bases and electronic maps so one can twine them into the worldwide industry.
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Ed. Simon During (London: Routledge, 2000), 264. 5. A recent book by Branimir Anzulovic, Heavenly Serbia: From Myth to Genocide, in which he explains Serbian acts of genocide by invoking Byzantine ties between the Orthodox religion and the Serbian state, is a fresh example of the application of Byzantism (New York: New York University Press, 1999). 6. Gayatri Spivak, Outside in the Teaching Machine (New York: Routledge, 1993), 56. 7. Maria Todorova, Imagining the Balkans (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997).
None of the authors speak on behalf of the abstract homogeneity of the Balkans in order to confront a homogeneous West; nor does anyone attempt to promote or impose an exclusive or exceptional geo-political identity. When pressed, these writers would probably disagree, for example, about the NATO bombing of Serbia, and they would do so for unpredictable reasons. They examine two differentiated and pluralistic conceptions of the Balkans: a “colonial” and “postcolonial” perspective. The latter comprises a new, self-critical mode of reﬂection about the Balkans by those from the Balkans, one which many of their essays explore.
Theories of Race and Racism: A Reader (London: Routledge, 2000), 475. 16. : Westview Press, 1997), 123. 17. Bart Moore-Gilbert, Postcolonial Theory: Contexts, Practices, Politics (London: Verso, 1997), 72. Introduction: Blowing Up the “Bridge” 21 18. K. E. Fleming, “Orientalism, the Balkans, and Balkan Historiography,” American Historical Review, October 2000, 1215. 19. , 1232. 20. A partial list of periodicals on the Balkans published in English follows. Bulgaria: Balkan Neighbours (monthly).
Balkan as Metaphor: Between Globalization and Fragmentation by Duaan I. Bjelic (Editor), Obrad Savic (Editor)