The edited volume brings a selection of studies and theoretical discussions by authors who analyse representational functions of a wide array of social, cultural, verbal, visual and musical practices in Slovenia and similar environments. Considering the content and its interdisciplinary approach the volume contributes to contemporary Slovenian academic debate on the characteristic of social practices and identities and on the ways social practices attain political meaning, hence influence on social standing of individuals and groups, and on the distribution of social power.
Serbian rural areas as a result of the socialist gender policy and creation of the new “femininity” in the public sphere. She focuses on the stage performances of female amateur groups at the Village Gatherings, state-sponsored events held from the 1970s through the mid-1990s in the southeastern Serbian region of Niško Polje. Offering a multifaceted picture of the personal experiences of the socialist ideology of gender equality, Staging Socialist Femininity investigates the complex relationships between personal, interpersonal and political levels in socialism. By showing the interplay between ideology, representational and social practices in the realm of musical performance, it challenges the strong division in scholarly narratives between ideology and practice in socialist societies.
The monograph is an original contribution to a more in depth knowledge about and understanding of Slovenian and Italian poetry in Trieste in the first half of the 20th century, the motivic and ideational contacts and dissonances. The monograph is an excellent analysis of the corpus and meticulous in methodological approach which approaches the so far under-researched chapter of literary Italoslovenistic. The research is comprised of three parts, first the author separately deals with the image of Trieste in Slovenian and Italian poetry, taking into account the chronology of poems and cultural and historical framework, which enables the author to see into their creation, development and anchoring in the specifically Slovenian and Italian contexts, respectively. In the third part the author emphasises those Trieste areas which are poeticised by both Slovenian and Italian poems and brings to attention the differences in feeling and valuation in the Slovenian and Italian poetic subject.