In the following PhD thesis I analyse and interpret Serbian and Croatian fantasy literature from the 1990s from the perspective of geopoetics. I examine the links between these works and space and, in consequence, the non-literary reality. I am interested in a particular kind of writing situated outside of mainstream literature and includes genres such as science fiction, fantasy fiction and horror, sometimes referred to as “genre fantasy” [fantastyka gatunkowa]. In the 1990s, there were significant modifications of Serbian and Croatian fantasy paradigm, manifested primarily in the emergence of previously absent themes related to locality and space. An important modification of this trend in the indicated period is also genre hybridization of literary works, which implies the need to analyse them from the perspective of genology. The contemplation of imagined literary geographies and transformations of genological templates in selected works invite questions regarding this writings’ relationship with the key issues of modernity and defining its subversive or conciliatory character in relation to the then dominant ideologies, and therefore a reflection on the meanings of this genres of fantasy.
Aleksandra Wojtaszek - PhD in literary studies, assistant professor at the at the Institute of Slavic Philology at Jagiellonian University. Graduate of Croatian philology at the Jagiellonian University, scholarship holder at the universities of Zagreb and Belgrade universities.
Title in EnglishTopographies of imaginary spaces. Serbian and Croatian speculative fiction