“Iz nepoznatosti propasti pravo u nepostojanje” [“To plummet from obscurity into nonexistence”]: A study of Aleksandar Tišma’s autobiographical project Public Deposited

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  • To plummet from obscurity into nonexistence: a study of Aleksandar Tišma's autobiographical project
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  • March 21, 2019
  • Morse, Ainsley
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • This paper examines the literary oeuvre of the twentieth-century Serbian writer Aleksandar Tišma (1924-2003), focusing particularly on his 1942-1951 diary and the memoir Secaj se veckrat na Vali (2000). Although they were written fifty years apart, these autobiographical works are interconnected and mutually complementary. Tišma’s fictional work also plays an important role in complementing and supplementing the autobiographical information provided in the diary and memoir. Tišma pushes the limits of traditional autobiography in order to create a more nuanced and complete portrait of the writer and his experience. The unusual method and impressive scope of his project is illuminated through an examination of scholarship on autobiography, in particular Philippe Lejeune's concept of "autobiographical space." In connection with this, Tišma's strong ties to literary modernism also help to clarify the processes at work in his unorthodox approach to autobiography.
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  • Vuletic, Ivana
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