New Literary Histories of Balkan Literatures. Regaining the Lost Tradition
The aim of this study is to outline strategies of writing new literary histories in post- Yugoslavian countries. The political situation in Balkan region had been changing in the 90’s and resulted in arising new countries such as Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro. In the mentioned countres intense processes of redefining national identity, rewriting history and literary history started. Numerous studies presenting the new picture of local literatures were edited after 1990. What is significant, controversial questions, such as affinity of writers and interpretation of literary phenomena appeared. Controversies were also connected with the problem of disintegrated Serbo-Croatian language which became the subject of manipulations. As the result of the mentioned situation new literatures such as Bosnian and Montenegrin appeared whereas Croatian and Serbian literatures were revalued and reinterpreted.