Please join the East Central European Center at the Harriman Institute and the Njegoš Endowment for Serbian Language and Culture for a presentation by Žarka Svirčev, Research Associate at the Institute for Literature and Arts, Belgrade, at the Periodicals Department for the History of Serbian Literature and Culture. This event is part of the event series East Central Vanguard: New Perspectives on the Avant-Garde.
The analysis of the Zenit magazine from the feminist perspective allows us to examine and point out the numerous positions and roles that female authors have occupied in avant-garde creative and distribution networks (poets, translators, critics, visual artists, editors, patrons, etc.). The narrative of female authorship in Zenit challenges the dominant conceptions of the avant-garde. That conceptions either ignore female authorship or do not respect the specifics of women’s text policies conditioned by the gendered experience of the world, because they do not coincide with the masculine discourse set as the norm. The emancipatory platform of the female authors is rooted in the development of their subject positions and their imaginative insights. The figure of Anuška Micić, alias Nina-Naj, is challenging and provocative, especially in the context of Serbian/Yugoslav culture. Her works represent a notable form of female authorship in Zenit and the regional avant-garde context. Anuška Micić was the first woman to be the secretary, manager, and translator of an international avant-garde magazine. Furthermore, she was an innovative visual artist, and one can depict in her visual (self)representation elements of the feminist ideas of the new woman.
Image caption: Vilko Gecan, portrait of Anuška Micić (1921).
Žarka Svirčev is a Research Associate at the Institute for Literature and Arts, Belgrade, at the Periodicals Department for the History of Serbian Literature and Culture. She completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Department of Serbian Literature at the Faculty of Philosophy in Novi Sad. She obtained her PhD degree at the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade. She published the books Ah, that identity! Deconstruction of gender stereotypes in the work of Dubravka Ugrešić (2010), Vinaver’s Literary Republic (2017), Portrait of the predecessor: Draga Dejanović (2018) and Avant-Garde Women. Essays on Serbian (female) avant-garde literature (2018).