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Teme
2011, vol. 35, iss. 4, pp. 1423-1437
article language: Serbian
document type: Review Paper
published on: 07/02/2012
On the border between orient and occident: Postcolonial theory and liminality of the Balkans
Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts - SASA, Institute for Balkan Studies, Belgrade

e-mail: sanjalazarevic7@gmail.com

Project

Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. 147013

Abstract

Image studies which focus on inventing the Balkans as Other in European literature, beginning with travel accounts, dealing with political studies and various fiction had experienced unusual popularity in the last twenty years. Through the analysis of colonial discourse, Balkan came into a focus of image studies where its liminal position was marked. Recently, it is recognized as subject to criticism, primarily pointed to non-European areas as Asia and Africa. As one of the main analytical terms that postcolonial critics use, liminality is able to point out all complexity of geosimbolical position of the Balkans. The discourses on liminality, not only focus on specific feature of the Balkan, they are the way to fraim it within postcolonial theory and analyse the share of syncretism, hybridity, to research the consequences of discoursive mimicry. Considering all that is said, the purpose of this research is questioning postcolonial theory and its share in the understanding textual representations on the Balkans as symbolically border area.

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