On (In)definite Topography: National identity and European and Regional Imaginaries in the post-1989 Croatian Literary Narratives,

Ivana Trkulja*

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Abstract

The present article enquiries into the formation of Croatian national
identity and regional bordering processes traced in the post-1989s
Croatian literary narratives. During the 1990s self-identification
debates mainly reflected perception of Croatian national belonging
as distinct from the Balkans and European oriented. From 2000
until 2013 when Croatia received full European Unionmembership,
the articulation of ‘national’ was altered and correlated with new
socio-geographic imaginaries linking Croatia with ‘Mitteleuropa’,
the Mediterranean and the post-Yugoslav space. The changes in
articulation of Croatian national identity can be seen in the changing
rhetoric of literary narratives where the legacy of prominent
Croatian and former Yugoslav writerMiroslav Krleža is a transversal
element. The aim of this article is to explicate the relevance of
Croatian literary narratives for the geopolitical research of national
identity and bordering processes referring to the macro-regional
level.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGeopolitics
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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