Vladimir Biti: Victim narratives as founding myths (in German)

Jan 8th, 2015 | By | Category: Cultural Studies, Lectures, Literary Studies, Slavic Studies

(in German language)

Victim narratives are inherent components of many founding myths. By playing the role as catalysts of solidarity and unity of human communities they have an important function in the process of collective, especially national, identity formation. How do they fulfil their cultural function in literature? How do they change a given historical reality in order to accomplish their mission of social integration? Vladimir Biti discusses these questions with reference to Serbian epic poetry of the Kosovo cycle as well as to the literary representations of the Zrinski-Frankopan conspiracy in Croatia.

Vladimir Biti is Professor of Southern Slavic Literatures and Cultures at the University of Vienna. He is the author of the monumental “Handbook of contemporary concepts of literary and cultural theory” (published in 1997 in Croatian and in 2001 in German).

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