The Annals of Cultural Life 1912–1915. Politika. Pravda

Cindori, Marija

Летопис културног живота 1912–1915. Политика. Правда


Institut za književnost i umetnost : Matica srpska;

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The Annals of Cultural Life (1904-1907). Politika. Pravda, together with The Annals of Cultural Life (1908–1911) and The Annals of Cultural Life (1912–1915) make up an annotated bibliography of data taken from the daily papers Politika and Pravda [Justice] pertaining to the cultural and literary life in Serbia and the Serbian people abroad during the period between 1904 and 1915, which also constitutes “the golden age” of Serbian literature. Encompassing a corpus of more than 20,000 bibliographic items, the materials presented in these books provide a most detailed insight so far into those literary and cultural processes that cannot be achieved by researching periodicals and other printed publications.

Each book is divided into chapters presenting a particular year, within which data are classified into 1. The general section (encompassing the broader socio-political context, marking historical events, a number of details from the sphere of science, education, legislature, urban and rural life, material and mass culture, a selection from newspaper genres: notes, memorials, obituaries, bookshop and other advertisements, announcements, etc. ); 2. Literature (genre and thematic designations of literary contributions and those close to being literary, as well as newspaper genres); 3. Translated literature (a chronological bibliography of almost all the translations published in Politika and Pravda); 4. The theatre (theatrical life, an overview of the repertoire of Belgrade’s theatrical scenes, the activities of travelling theatres, information on actors, etc.); 5. The fine arts life (exhibitions, information on artists, the erection of public monuments, applied and decorative arts, etc.); 6. Music (the opera, musical-stage works, guest performances, the activities of music associations, bandmasters, performances of military orchestras, variety shows, restaurant orchestras and singers, etc.); 7. Film (photographs, “living” and “moving” pictures, the opening and work of cinemas, along with a selective presentation of their repertoire, cinema equipment, the sound film, movie actors, the phonograph, etc.).

Some of the contributions in these chapters are accompanied by brief or longer quotations from newspaper texts, selected mainly for two reasons: due to the importance of the event, or as segments providing insight into the linguistic and stylistic canons of the printed media at the time of “the golden age” of Serbian culture.


Politika, Pravda, bibliography, cultural life