Literature and Journalism in (Post-)Realism


Књижевност и новинарство у (пост)реализму


Institut za književnost i umetnost;

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ISBN 978-86-7095-192-1
COBISS.SR-ID 198365964


The book consists of a number of interconnected studies which, within the context of issues pertaining to the overlapping of the domain of literature and various other fields of activity or disciplines, deal with matters pertaining to the publication of literary works in periodicals, that is, newspapers/journals as a factor contributing to their shaping and as a medium for disseminating a literary text.

Although the introduction contains an outline of this aspect of literary life and cultural policy, starting from the launching of the first long-lasting Serbian newspapers in the early 19th century, individual studies deal with phenomena occurring in the final quarter of that century and in the first years of the next one, a time when realist poetics predominated, and also with literary phenomena accompanying its disintegration.

The first two chapters review the “journalistic opuses” of Pera Todorović and Radoje Domanović, the owners and editors of “authorial” periodicals (Male novine [Small Paper] and Stradija respectively), whose pages, for the most part, they filled themselves. Regardless of whether we consider them to deal with opposing or complementary phenomena – in view of the fact that Todorović’s novelistic opus was created within the framework of his periodical and was largely dictated by the requirements of that particular context, while Domanović launched his own periodical as a storyteller whose reputation was already established, thus entering into a specific kind of dialogue with his own, mostly rounded-off narrative opus – both studies analyse issues to do with allegory, the relationship between the fictional and referential layers of a text, its satirical/pamphletistic character, thus interpretively and theoretically dealing with the issue of paraliterature.

The third chapter deals with certain genre-related specific characteristics pertaining to the publication of a literary text in a periodical, whether it is a comparison between a “newspaper” and a separate publication (Todorović and Matavulj) or the thematic profiling of a story depending on the specific character of the periodical in question (Veselinović, Domanović and Matavulj in Policijski glasnik [The Police Gazette]).

The fourth, final chapter is entirely dedicated to a special group of periodicals, those aimed at children, and the type and status of the literary contributions published in them, and the most voluminous one of the three studies in this segment of the book is dedicated to Tolstoy’s stories published in this type of periodicals.


periodical, journalism, literature, paraliterature, the domain of literature, overlapping, Pera Todorović, Radoje Domanović, Janko Veselinović, Simo Matavulj, L. N. Tolstoy