Remembering Yugoslavia: Depictions of Trauma, Cultural Memory, and Transnationalism in Three Post-Yugoslav Novels
This thesis aims to analyse three specific works of Post-Yugoslav fiction – Téa Obreht’s The Tiger’s Wife, Sara Nović’s Girl at War, and Saša Stanišić’s Where You Come From – using comparisons and close-reading strategies in order to establish what the relationship is between themes commonly seen in war fiction, those being trauma, cultural memory, and transnationalism. Aside from providing historical context and explaining theoretical concepts such as Yugonostalgia and transgenerational trauma, this study dissected each core theme for every novel by linking textual examples to the theoretical framework. As a result, the Post-Yugoslav fictions The Tiger’s Wife, Girl at War, and Where You Come From show interesting similarities and differences in how trauma, memory (along with nostalgia), and transnationalism are presented which indicated that there is a correlation among and intersection between these themes due to their equally prominent roles in all three texts and their relation to the Yugoslav wars.
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