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“I gave you your life, I can take it away”: Unveiling Motherhood Taboos in the Novels of Slavenka Drakulić


Primorac, Antonija
“I gave you your life, I can take it away”: Unveiling Motherhood Taboos in the Novels of Slavenka Drakulić // Motherhood in post-1968 European Women’s Writing: Cross-Cultural and Interdisciplinary Dialogues
London, Velika Britanija, 2013. (predavanje, međunarodna recenzija, neobjavljeni rad, znanstveni)


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Naslov
“I gave you your life, I can take it away”: Unveiling Motherhood Taboos in the Novels of Slavenka Drakulić

Autori
Primorac, Antonija

Vrsta, podvrsta i kategorija rada
Sažeci sa skupova, neobjavljeni rad, znanstveni

Skup
Motherhood in post-1968 European Women’s Writing: Cross-Cultural and Interdisciplinary Dialogues

Mjesto i datum
London, Velika Britanija, 24.-26.10.2013

Vrsta sudjelovanja
Predavanje

Vrsta recenzije
Međunarodna recenzija

Ključne riječi
motherhood; taboo; body; translation; trauma; abuse

Sažetak
In her most recent novel Optužena (The Accused, 2012), Slavenka Drakulić continues her exploration of the taboo aspects of motherhood begun in her then-controversial study of a daughter’s erotic obsession with her promiscuous mother in Marble Skin (Mramorna koža, 1989 ; trans. 1994). A later novel As If I am Not There (Kao da me nema, 1999 ; also re-published as S. A Novel About the Balkans) gives voice to the repressed story of women victims of rape during the war in Bosnia, focusing on an individual’s attempt to reconstruct her own identity and desire post-trauma. Examining yet another taboo subject, the emotional trauma and physical abuse of unwanted daughters by their own mothers, in her latest novel Drakulić carefully anatomizes a history of hate and abuse through three generations of women that ultimately leads to matricide. Combining the voices of two narrators – the restrained voice of the omniscient narrator that documents the abuse perpetrated by the mother and the grandmother, and the voice of the Accused, the daughter who refuses to speak in her own defense, protecting her mother’s secret madness, violence and obsession even after killing her – Drakulić dissects the taboos of unwanted pregnancy, maternal abuse and their tragic consequences. Arguing that the resonance of Slavenka Drakulić’s provocative fiction, at home and abroad, derives from her multifaceted public persona - as a feminist icon of 1980s Yugoslavia, an expatriate Croatian author famous for her critique of war and nationalism, and an internationally recognized journalist and commentator - this paper seeks to address the following questions: what is the role of Drakulić’s fiction in opening up public debates on taboo aspects of motherhood in Croatia? Can we also detect in these novels a complicity with sensationalist approaches to women’s sexuality in the media? Does Drakulić’s representation of motherhood taboos reflect specific national/regional/local ideologies and socio- political contexts, or do they have a wider, transnational resonance?

Izvorni jezik
Engleski

Znanstvena područja
Filologija



POVEZANOST RADA


Ustanove:
Filozofski fakultet u Splitu

Profili:

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Citiraj ovu publikaciju:

Primorac, Antonija
“I gave you your life, I can take it away”: Unveiling Motherhood Taboos in the Novels of Slavenka Drakulić // Motherhood in post-1968 European Women’s Writing: Cross-Cultural and Interdisciplinary Dialogues
London, Velika Britanija, 2013. (predavanje, međunarodna recenzija, neobjavljeni rad, znanstveni)
Primorac, A. (2013) “I gave you your life, I can take it away”: Unveiling Motherhood Taboos in the Novels of Slavenka Drakulić. U: Motherhood in post-1968 European Women’s Writing: Cross-Cultural and Interdisciplinary Dialogues.
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