Partisans in Yugoslavia

Literature, Film and Visual Culture

The ubiquitous Partisan narrative in Yugoslavia served well as founding myth of its newly united people. Its retrospective deconstruction has absorbed most of the academic attention for the Yugoslav Partisans since the break-up. This edition in contrast looks into the (hybrid) nature of partisanship itself as it appears in film, art, and literature. It explores the Partisans in Yugoslavia in Partisan novels, films, and songs, analyzes the – still ongoing – transformation process of the Partisan narrative, and reviews its transitions into popular (visual) culture.


  1. Frontmatter

    Seiten 1 - 4
  2. Contents

    Seiten 5 - 8
  3. On Partisans and Partisanship in Yugoslavia's Arts

    Seiten 9 - 28
  4. Partisan Narratives, Stagings and Transformations

    Contemporary Art. A Meeting of the Current and the Cosmic!

    Seiten 31 - 48
  5. Yugoslav Partisan Poetry. Songs for the Leader

    Seiten 49 - 70
  6. From Memoir to Fiction. Early Yugoslav Partisan Narratives Revisited

    Seiten 71 - 90
  7. Partisan Star Wars. Aesthetics of Ideology, Ideology of Aesthetics in Croatian Partisan Novels

    Seiten 91 - 116
  8. With or Without Gun. Staging Female Partisans in Socialist Yugoslavia

    Seiten 117 - 136
  9. Portraits of Yugoslav Army Soldiers. Between Partisan and Pop-Culture Imagery

    Seiten 137 - 156
  10. Partisan (Feature) Film in Yugoslavia: A 'House'-Genre With an Afterlife

    From Slavko to Slavica. (Soviet) Origins of (Yugoslav) Partisan Film

    Seiten 159 - 196
  11. On the Specific (In)existence of the Partisan Film in Yugoslavia's People's Liberation Struggle

    Seiten 197 - 226
  12. Narrative and Genre Influences of the International Classical Cinema in the Partisan Films of Živorad-Žika Mitrović

    Seiten 227 - 244
  13. 1970s Partisan Epics as Western Films. The Question of Genre and Myth in Yugoslav Partisan Film

    Seiten 245 - 264
  14. Bodies That Shudder. Disability and Typhus Sufferers in Partisan Films

    Seiten 265 - 282
  15. We Need to Talk About Valter. Partisan Film and the Anti-Leftist Odium

    Seiten 283 - 314
  16. Trenutki Odločitve. A Slovene Partisan Story from the 50s and 80s

    Seiten 315 - 346
  17. Trst Je Naš ! Post-Socialist Slovenian Partisan Cinema

    Seiten 347 - 362
  18. The Partisan as an Artist, the Artist as a Partisan? On the Relationship between Artistic Autonomy and Workers' Self Management

    Seiten 363 - 376
  19. Bibliography

    Seiten 377 - 378
  20. Authors

    Seiten 379 - 382
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15. März 2015, 382 Seiten
ISBN: 978-3-8394-2522-0
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Miranda Jakisa

Miranda Jakisa, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

Nikica Gilic

... with Miranda Jakisa

1. Why a book on this subject?

Partisans are definitely on vogue. The book relates the revival with the partisan narrative's (understudied) history. It provides an idea of the partisan story's actual variety, that has often been reduced to state art. Actually there are many, also competing narratives on the partisans in Yugoslavia.

2. What relevance does this subject have in the current research debates?

It restitutes pivotal, but neglected aspects of partisan art(s) to any debate on Yugoslav partisan (hi)story. For almost two decades international research has focused on the deconstruction of the partisan ›myth‹, on partisan lies. Now it's time also to turn to the narrative's actual consistence and to the question what the partisans actually meant for Yugoslavia.

3. What new perspectives does your book open up?

It gives a glimpse of the one-sidedness of recent debates and offers alternatives. It looks into the hybrid nature of partisanship itself. But most of all it presents a wide range of different approaches and of historically manyfold material on the partisans in Yugoslavia from film, literature, song and visual culture.

4. Who would you preferably like to discuss your book with?

With readers genuinely interested in the topic's complexity, with Dobrica Cosic, but most of all with our grandparents who fought the war in question.

5. Your book in only one sentence:

To put a book in one sentence undermines the very idea of books.

»An excellent and substantial volume.«
Gordana P. Crnkovic, Slavic Review, Summer 2017
Besprochen in:
Apparatus, 5 (2017), Dijana Jelaca
Miranda Jakisa / Nikica Gilic (eds.)
Partisans in Yugoslavia Literature, Film and Visual Culture
transcript Verlag
54 SW-Abbildungen
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15. März 2015
Film, Literatur
Film Studies, Literary Studies, Cultural Studies
Partisan Film, Yugoslavia, Partisan Novel, Visual Culture, Literature, Film, Slavic Studies, General Literature Studies, Cultural Studies, Literary Studies

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