Society of Scholars
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2023 - 2024 Society of Scholars
2023 - 2024 Society of Scholars Fellow
Aaron Carpenter (he/him/his)
Rajžaliteratur – A Journey Through the Shifting Words of German-Language Traumatic Narratives of South Slavic Writers
This project examines how writers from former Yugoslavia who write in German use and repurpose the language of the majority to tell their minority communities’ history. These authors make use of counter-historical narratives to challenge and undermine the dominant historical narrative in their respective countries. Many of the authors describe experiences where their presence affects the shape of the outsider in society, into which they cannot integrate. The authors invite the reader to engage with another truth about historical events and to recognize the experiences of a marginalized group.