The Poetics of Slavdom

The Mythopoeic Foundations of Yugoslavia - Volume II

by Zdenko Zlatar (Author)
©2008 Monographs XXXVI, 461 Pages


Between 1400 and 1878, the majority of Southern Slavic peoples endured several centuries of Ottoman rule. In the nineteenth century there was a movement among both the Croats and the Serbs to set aside regional, ethnic, religious, and cultural differences in order to work together toward the liberation of all the Southern Slavs from the Ottoman yoke. These volumes explore how the masterpieces of two leading poets among the Croats and Serbs – Ivan Mažuranić (1814-1890) and Petar II Petrović Njegoš (1813-1851), who was Prince-Bishop of Montenegro from 1830-1851 – dealt with the Southern Slavs’ relationship to Islam in their greatest poetic works, The Death of Smail-agha Čengić and The Mountain Wreath, respectively.


XXXVI, 461
ISBN (Hardcover)
Serbisch Versdichtung Geschichte 1800-1900 Mazuranic Montenegro Njegos Slawenbild Balkan Islambild Yugoslavia
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2007. XXXVI, 461 pp.

Biographical notes

Zdenko Zlatar (Author)

The Author: Zdenko Zlatar is Reader in Slavic History at the University of Sydney where he has taught Russian, East European, and modern European history since 1979. He is Vice President of the Commission internationale des études historiques slaves in Paris. He is the author of four other books including The Slavic Epic: Gundulic’s Osman (Peter Lang, 1995), which together with the two volumes of The Poetics of Slavdom forms Zlatar’s Slavic epic trilogy.


Title: The Poetics of Slavdom