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Title: The portrayal of female characters in the work of three contemporary writers of the former Yugoslavia : Mes̆a Selimović, Ivan Aralica, Slobodan Selenić
Author: Sisic, Aldijana
ISNI:       0000 0001 3416 292X
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 1997
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This dissertation deals with the novels of three contemporary writers whose work was published during the 20th century in the former Yugoslavia: Ivan Aralica (Croatia), Slobodan Selenid (Serbia) and Mesa Selimovic (Bosnia and Hercegovina). Within the framework of a feminist approach, the main objective is to evaluate to what extent certain stereotypes in the portrayal of female characters still determine writing and reading in the literatures of the former Yugoslavia at the end of the 20th century. The first half of this dissertation explores the development of the feminist movement and its literary thought within the boundaries of the 'Western' world as well as within the boundaries of the former Yugoslavia. The aim is to create a starting point for the analysis of the work of these three authors. The second half of the dissertation examines the work of I. Aralica, S. Selenic and M. Selimovic, focusing particularly on their main themes, the portrayal of their male and female characters and the way they interact with each other. I have endeavoured to show in this study how the female characters portrayed in these novels find the conditions of overwhelmingly patriarchal societies imposed upon them. Also, my aim was to demonstrate how, by silencing their voices, by isolating them, using them only in order to strengthen the roles of their male characters and observing them solely within 'given' roles, these three representative male authors themselves contributed to the marginalization of women's roles in the literatures of the former Yugoslavia at the end of this century.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Literature