Stone Speaker: Medieval Tombs, Landscape, and Bosnian Identity in the Poetry of Mak Dizdar

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 229 pages
The poet Mak Dizdar has become a cultural icon in contemporary Bosnia-Herzegovina. Inspired by the lapidary imagery and epitaphs of medieval Bosnian tombstones, his best-acclaimed collection of poetry, Stone Sleeper, reawakens the medieval voices in the historical imagination of contemporary Bosnians. Amila Buturovic looks at Stone Sleeper 's recovery of the ancestral world as an effort to refashion the sentiments of collective belonging. In treating the medieval tombstones as sites of collective memory, Dizdar’s poetry evokes new possibilities for Bosnians to cast aside national differences based on religion and embrace a pluralistic identity rooted in the sacred landscape of medieval Bosnia. The book includes a bilingual appendix of Dizdar's poetry with an introduction by the translator, Francis Jones.

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AMILA BUTUROVIC received her Ph.D. in Islamic studies from McGill University in 1994. She has been visiting Professor at Haverford College and The University of Toronto. Currently, she is Assistant (Associate) Professor of Religious Studies and Humanities at York University. Her research explores Medieval and contemporary Islamic cultures from a broad-based, interdisciplinary perspective. Her publications include essays on Arabic and Bosnian Literature, on religion and cultural identity in Bosnia, as well as translations from Bosnian Literature.

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