Identity Politics In Slavenka Drakulic

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In Slavenka Drakulić’s novel, S -a novel about Balkans she challenges the ideals of identity politics and the role of that the woman’s body played during the Bosnian war. This essay aims to discuss how Drakulic addresses these issues in her novel; this will be done by placing the novel in context of the Bosnian war followed by a close critical analysis of the given two texts. This analysis will facilitate the discussion of how the woman’s body is used as a political tool for genocide. The issue of forced impregnation as genocide will be further discussed in relation to religious and identity politics that are present in the novel.
President Tito 's death in 1980 led to the rising of nationalism in Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia disintegrated under the ethnic conflict and economic issues, the Serbs held influential power . The tree main ethnic groups were; Bosnians (Muslim Bosnians), Serbs, Croats and Yugoslavs. In 1991 Slovenia and Croatia declared independence. In 1992 when Bosnia-Herzegovina declared independence war broke out between Serbs, Croats and Muslims in Bosnia, destroying mosques, mass killings and ethnic cleansing which continued for four years which resulted in genocide as eighty percent of Bosnians were killed by the Serbs . Bosnia was the most ethnically mixed republic of Yugoslavia, this is why Bosnia could not be a state- because it contained three nationalities religious, ethnicity and identity may be seen as one of the core influences of the war- the idea of us

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