THE NARRATIVE STRUCTURE OF MILICA JANKOVIC'S MODERNIST SHORT STORIES (ISPOVESTI)
This article analyses seven short stories collected in a volume entitled 'Ispovesti' (Confessions) written by Milica Jankovic, a Serbian modernist generally treated by critics as a typical female author who represents 'women's writing' who they consider as a synonym of 'trivial literature'. Undoubtedly, the subjects of her works are first of all main characters' emotions and psychological biographies. Yet in fact the real artistic value of her prose lies in formal experiments. Jankovic combines impressionistic and symbolic elements, and puts together different forms of presentation: the female narrator may sometimes be internally connected to the story, while at other times the story may be conducted from the position of a third-person narrator. Besides these, Jankovic uses a 'point of view' method that leads to a narrative polyphony. Applying various techniques she builds heterogeneous but compact and functional structure that is rather innovative for Serbian modernism.
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