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Borčak, Fedja
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Wierød Borčak, F. & Kidmose Hansen, S. (2017). Memento mori. Standart (1)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Memento mori
2017 (Danish)In: Standart, ISSN 1602-2246, no 1Article in journal, Editorial material (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
National Category
General Literature Studies General Literature Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Comparative literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-62648 (URN)
Available from: 2017-04-27 Created: 2017-04-27 Last updated: 2018-01-30Bibliographically approved
(2017). W. G. Sebald & Jan Peter Tripp - Oberättat. Högsby: Chromata
Open this publication in new window or tab >>W. G. Sebald & Jan Peter Tripp - Oberättat
2017 (Swedish)Artistic output (Refereed) [Artistic work]
Place, publisher, year, pages
Högsby: Chromata, 2017. p. 94
Keywords
Sebald, affirmation
National Category
Literary Composition
Research subject
Humanities, Creative writing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-68053 (URN)978-91-976547-2-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-09-21 Created: 2017-09-21 Last updated: 2017-09-29Bibliographically approved
Borčak, F. (2016). A Children’s Literature?: Subversive Infantilisation in Contemporary Bosnian-Herzegovinian Fiction. (Doctoral dissertation). Växjö: Linnaeus University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Children’s Literature?: Subversive Infantilisation in Contemporary Bosnian-Herzegovinian Fiction
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The past two decades of political and social disintegration in Bosnia and Herzegovina have given birth to literary counterreactions against hegemonic ways of imagining social life in the country. This thesis deals with a particular practice in BosnianHerzegovinian war and post-war literature, which uses infantile perspectives to critically address issues related to the socialist history of Bosnia as part of Yugoslavia, the war in the 1990s, and the socalled transitional post-war period. Drawing on an old Western literary tradition of using the child character to estrange conventional experiences of the world, the texts (by authors such as Miljenko Jergović, Nenad Veličković, Alma Lazarevska, Aleksandar Hemon, and Saša Stanišić) use the skewing and dislocating outlook associated with the infantile subject to expose and undermine perceivably problematic mechanisms in socialist, ethnonationalist, and Western liberal hegemonic discourses.

In contrast to previous research on the topic, which has primarily focussed upon the narratological conditions for the infantile perspective, the focus here is on the subversive infantilisation of hegemonic discourse—that is, the very discursive act of representing and contesting dominant concepts, narratives, and representations. The texts are seen as transitional areas through which input from the social world passes and, in this process, is restructured and ultimately transformed into a configuration slightly or radically different from the original input. Theoretically inspired by discourse theory and ideas from New Historicism, the study isolates and investigates a set of techniques through which this reconfiguration occurs. Apart from discussing the use of the basic infantile perspective as such a technique, the study also considers how the notion of the infantile influences techniques of dichotomisation (the production of positional counterpoints), appropriation (the critical subsuming of dominant discourse), and blending (the mixing of dominant and childish imagery).

The thesis also addresses the possible political implications of the strategy of subversive infantilisation. Here the approach is influenced by the political philosophy of Jacques Rancière, which enables an understanding of the aesthetic reconfiguration of how Bosnian social life is imagined as a way of constituting a new form of subjectivity that evades the excluding and oppressive framework of hegemonic discourse.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Växjö: Linnaeus University Press, 2016. p. 166
Series
Linnaeus University Dissertations ; 2016/269
Keywords
Bosnia, Bosnian literature, the infantile, child character, subversive infantilisation, nationalism, Balkanism, socialism, international administration, discourse theory, New Historicism, Jacques Rancière
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Comparative literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-58269 (URN)978-91-88357-48-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-12-14, Växjö, 13:15 (English)
Supervisors
Available from: 2016-11-24 Created: 2016-11-23 Last updated: 2018-11-16Bibliographically approved
Borčak, F. (2016). Exilens samtidighet. Standart, 1, 50-51
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exilens samtidighet
2016 (Swedish)In: Standart, Vol. 1, p. 50-51Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Comparative literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-51945 (URN)
Available from: 2016-04-05 Created: 2016-04-05 Last updated: 2016-11-17Bibliographically approved
Wierød, L., Lønneker, A. M. & Borčak, F. (2016). Preface. Danish Musicology Online, World and music studies, 3-4
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Preface
2016 (English)In: Danish Musicology Online, ISSN 1904-237X, Vol. World and music studies, p. 3-4Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
Keywords
Word and Music Studies, methodology
National Category
General Literature Studies Musicology
Research subject
Humanities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-59750 (URN)
Available from: 2017-01-11 Created: 2017-01-11 Last updated: 2019-06-25Bibliographically approved
Borčak, F. (2015). Suprotnost duplog?: Savremena bosanskohercegovačka književnost dijaspore u Skandinaviji. Sarajevske sveske (45-46), 163-176
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Suprotnost duplog?: Savremena bosanskohercegovačka književnost dijaspore u Skandinaviji
2015 (Serbian)In: Sarajevske sveske, ISSN 1512-8539, no 45-46, p. 163-176Article in journal (Other academic) Published
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Comparative literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-39555 (URN)
Available from: 2015-01-29 Created: 2015-01-29 Last updated: 2018-12-04Bibliographically approved
Borčak, F. (2014). Litteraturens kraft. Smålandsposten (05-19), pp. 21
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Litteraturens kraft
2014 (Swedish)In: Smålandsposten, ISSN 1104-0009, no 05-19, p. 21-Article in journal, News item (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Keywords
Bosnien, litteratur
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Comparative literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-36592 (URN)
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Available from: 2014-08-24 Created: 2014-08-24 Last updated: 2016-09-08Bibliographically approved
Borčak, F. (2014). Re-rigging Othering: Subversive Infantilisation in Contemporary Bosnian-Herzegovinian Prose. Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research, 6(7), 1259-1273
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Re-rigging Othering: Subversive Infantilisation in Contemporary Bosnian-Herzegovinian Prose
2014 (English)In: Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research, ISSN 2000-1525, E-ISSN 2000-1525, Vol. 6, no 7, p. 1259-1273Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article I put forward the concept of subversive infantilisation to designate a phenomenon in contemporary Bosnian literature, which by using a certain kind of childish outlook on the world undermines paternalistic and balkanist Western discourse on Bosnia and Herzegovina. By analysing primarily the portrayal of the role of mass media in a few literary texts, principally books by Nenad Veličkovié and Miljenko Jergovié, I highlight the way in which these texts “re-rig” and by means of irony and exaggeration illuminate the problematic logic inherent in the subject position from which one represents the other. Textual characteristics of subversive infantilisation are contextualised further and seen as a discursive continuation of experiences of the 1990s war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping University Electronic Press, 2014
Keywords
Subversive infantilisation, balkanism, Bosnian literature, Jergovié, Veličkovié, Samardžic
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Comparative literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-38701 (URN)10.3384/cu.2000.1525.1461259 (DOI)
Available from: 2014-12-19 Created: 2014-12-19 Last updated: 2018-11-16Bibliographically approved
Borčak, F. (2012). Hitler kan aldrig bli vår vän. Smålandsposten (2012-08-26), pp. 19
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hitler kan aldrig bli vår vän
2012 (Swedish)In: Smålandsposten, ISSN 1104-0009, no 2012-08-26, p. 19-Article in journal, News item (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Keywords
Knausgård, Hitler, Min kamp
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Comparative literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-29996 (URN)
Available from: 2013-10-26 Created: 2013-10-26 Last updated: 2019-06-26Bibliographically approved
Borčak, F. (2011). Mak Dizdar på svenska. In: Petter Ericsson (Ed.), Benshi antologi # 1: (pp. 43-43). Malmö: Benshi Textproduktion
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mak Dizdar på svenska
2011 (Swedish)In: Benshi antologi # 1 / [ed] Petter Ericsson, Malmö: Benshi Textproduktion , 2011, p. 43-43Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Benshi Textproduktion, 2011
National Category
General Literature Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-30145 (URN)978-91-633-9535-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2013-11-06 Created: 2013-11-06 Last updated: 2013-11-06Bibliographically approved
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