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Writing about war: making sense of the absurd in Mileta Prodanović's novel Pleši, čudovište, na moju nežnu muziku (Dance, you monster, to my soft music)

Norris, David A.

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David A. Norris david.norris@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

In the narrative of a mass conflict, the human experience of its effects may be subsumed into the rationalizing contours of history, or they may fall completely outside our comprehension. This article examines the intertextual strategies employed in Prodanović's novel about the war in former Yugoslavia. The text conveys the reality of the conflict by relating it through events and characters located in prior media constructions. The historical, documentary, mythic, and fictional sources focus on the signifying systems which drag the war into the horizon of expectations of those who were not there, closing the gap between reality and representation, life and art.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 1, 2013
Journal Modern Language Review
Print ISSN 0026-7937
Electronic ISSN 0026-7937
Publisher Modern Humanities Research Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 108
Issue 2
APA6 Citation Norris, D. A. (2013). Writing about war: making sense of the absurd in Mileta Prodanović's novel Pleši, čudovište, na moju nežnu muziku (Dance, you monster, to my soft music). Modern Language Review, 108(2), doi:10.5699/modelangrevi.108.2.0597
DOI https://doi.org/10.5699/modelangrevi.108.2.0597
Keywords Serbian literature, representations of war, intertextuality
Publisher URL http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5699/modelangrevi.108.2.0597
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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