Textual and Visual in Serbian Avant-garde Literature (Tijana Koprivica, CEEPUS grant 2020)

The title of Tijana Koprivica’s doctoral research in the narrow scientific field of Serbian Literature is Textual and Visual in Serbian Avant-garde Literature. The main issue that will be addressed in this research is the status of the visual elements in the works of Serbian avant-garde literature, due to Avant-garde’s distinctive intermedia and multimedia character. By identifying and typologyzing works that, in addition to the text, contain visual elements as media of communication with the audience, a representative corpus will be singled out as a source for examining this problem. In the course of the research, the intention is to find, describe, analyze and interpret all those works that contain components of the visual and which, along with the traditional reading experience, at the same time require observational approach. Finally, the aim of this research will be to present the consequences of including visual elements in the work and also to show the effects of excluding these elements from some of the works in their different editions, as well as to present the impact of such practices on the reception of the avant-garde works in the tradition of interpretation. Taking into consideration the above, the doctoral thesis intend to show what the key features of the intermedia achievements of the Serbian literary Avant-garde are, what their mutual relations and influences are like, and to put them in the comparative context of the intermedia works of the European Avant-garde.

Perspectives of Naturalism in Yugoslav Cinema (Adrian Pelc)

The doctoral project with the working title Perspectives of Naturalism in Yugoslav Cinema sets as its objective the interpretation of “archaic” motifs that appear persistently within films appertaining to the “golden age” of Yugoslav cinema, namely the 60s modernist decade. Throughout the films of authors such as A. Babaja, A. Petrović, V. Mimica, K. Papić, Ž. Pavlović and others, one can trace human figures that have not entirely emancipated themselves from the animal state, milieus untouched by modernization, ritualistic violence, remnants of tribal rituals. These elements can be seen as a focal point within which competing discursive forces intensively interact: balkanism sets in as one interpretative matrix, the grand narrative of progress and its’ pitfalls as another, resistance to modernity as spectacle and regime of images as a third. The intricate problem of the archaic, while taking specific forms within the 60s cinema, also communicates with other artistic and cultural tendencies: the Barbarogenius complex of the interwar period, Miroslav Krleža’s concept of Yugoslavia as a “virgin” land after the split with Stalni, naïve painting becoming one of the country’s main artistic export products, Americanization setting in during the 60s. The study of archaic, naturalist motives therefore presents a privileged point of entry into the complex mechanisms of Yugoslav culture.

The Cosmos in Serbian Poetry (Uroš Ristanović)

The topic that I would like to address during my PhD research is The Cosmos in Serbian Poetry. The overarching goal of my interdisciplinary research is to show the historical and poetic continuity of cosmic poetry as a tradition that extends from the beginnings of literacy to the present. Since this topic is almost completely unexplored in Serbian literary science, in my research I will find, describe and interpret all significant works of Serbian poetry that contain cosmic elements or ideas about them. Furthermore, my work should present the most important connections between Serbian poetry and mythology, philosophy, religion and science as different sources of ideas about the cosmos. In the last phase of the research, I will try to draw conclusions about the regularities that occur in this poetry, as well as about the peculiarities of certain epochs and their influence on the formation of the poetic expression, which would ultimately lead to a general and clear picture of the position of the cosmos and its elements and motifs in Serbian poetry.