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Bram Stoker’s Transylvania and Anthony Hope’s Ruritania are among the best known of these images. In this pioneering book, Vesna Goldsworthy explores the . Vesna Goldsworthy. Inventing Ruritania: The Imperialism of the Imagination. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, xiv + pp. $ (cloth). Although Vesna Goldsworthy does not investigate the Dynasty affair in Inventing Ruritania, it is a rich example of what she calls the ‘imperialism.

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I speak o f those in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The greater prominence o f the Balkans, as different parts o f the region achieved their moments o f fame due to crises, uprisings and local conflicts which accompanied the disintegration o f the Ottoman Empire, was, as I have pointed out, accompanied by an increasing awareness o f Balkan complexity.

In the mid-Eighties, when we still lived in that stable bipolar world, two American friends of mine were hiking in a remote part ruritaina Montenegro.

For a variety o f reasons this quarter o f the universe is still a continual source o f danger to the peace o f the w orld. The Eastern and the Western Roman Empires and their Christian successor Churches, the Islamic and the Christian worlds, the Communist and capitalist, all met and clashed in the Balkans. Maybe it is this barbarism that excludes Kosovo from Europe?

When Stoker moved him from Wallachia to T ransylvania, Count Dracula acquired, along with a more Western-sounding aristocratic title, a more controversial Hungarian ancestry. Without its Slavonic-sounding name, Slavna could represent any small capital on mainland Europe.

Only in the Balkans

If German attempts to impersonate the British in The Thirty-nine Steps represent hubris they stand out, paradoxically, because o f their all too perfect English and their impeccably English clothesthe absolute mastery o f disguise in Greenmantle is a sign o f British superiority, a differentia specifica o f Britishness: Teuta is kidnapped by the Turks and later saved by Sent Leger.

It begins with travel writers, explorers and adventurers undertaking reconnaissance missions into an unknown area. For the same reason many o f the volumes analysed in this study have been reissued and have been the subject o f renewed interest. Men had learned ruriitania sniff in the heady dream – stuff o f the soul – and wait impassively while the lathes turned the guns for their destruction. In the 92 The Balkans inventinh Popular Fiction caravanserais o f Bokhara and Samarkand he is known, and there are shikaris in the Pamirs who still speak o f him round their fires.


Did she dream up the name King Galen? So may ye perish!

Inventing Ruritania: The Imperialism of the Imagination

The descendants o f such men have not, as a rule, got milk and water in their veins. Unlike Shaw, Saki had gained first-hand knowledge o f the Balkans as a reporter for the Morning Post during the Macedonian crisis in the first years o f this century.

It examines the process by which a definable Balkan identity gradually emerged in works o f English literature in the nineteenth century, and established itself over the past hundred years.

W oodhouse, The Philhellenes London: His father tells the story with enormous sang-froid. The Prince o f Slavna held the venerable office, and had been to court in the dress appropriate to it. It can hardly be barred for geographical reasons. The newly established courts and royal families offered an easily com prehensible yet glam orous set o f icons. B alkan S ettings o f the Spy N ovel Ah!

It is evident that the writer had a much closer personal knowledge o f the Balkans than the other creators o f im aginary Balkan kingdom s in popular English literature. Golden days were these for the journalists. These were not Balkan but Western traditions. His world, his pompous, imposing dictating world, had suddenly rolled up into narrower dimensions.

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While we were talking about the good will and good intentions o f Germany our coast would be silently ringed with mines, and submarines would be waiting for every battleship. It is now recognised as a key contribution to the study of Balkan and European identity.

Books by Vesna Goldsworthy. An interest in popular Balkan superstitions, reflected in the fact that the word vampire represents an extremely rare case in English o f a loan from a Balkan language, inspired many scholarly studies.

At the same time, the Gothic tension is ultimately undone both by the rational explanation of vampiric appearances and, more importantly, by the underlying discourse o f a benevolent British superiority in the Balkans, which is suitable for a romance but does not enable Stoker to rebuild the Gothic threat which made Dracula successful. Honey and fair speeches, and then a stroke in the dark.


Inventing Ruritania: The Imperialism of the Imagination by Vesna Goldsworthy

The gradual disintegration o f the Ottoman Empire and the formation o f new, independent states in Romania, Greece, Serbia and Bulgaria, the last three o f which had open ambitions to acquire land slill under Ottoman rule, kept attention focused on the southern and eastern B alkans. Support for Serbia in Greece in the current struggle is almost per cent.

Both sisters spent considerable periods o f their lives in the remoter outposts o f the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The shift won the enthusiastic approval not only o f Great Britain, but also o f Austria-Hungary. This ballad soon acquired a pan-European fame: Closely related to the Hungarians, the Szecklers spoke the Hungarian language and belonged to the same Churches. Its hold on the imagination was manifested in the fear, frequently expressed in the Western media in the early s, that if the war in the Balkans were to continue, a new Balkanisation could undo the foundations o f Europe itself.

O ffering a greater wealth o f detail, Grier also reveals deep-seated personal prejudices. Finally he stops, and stands to attention: They are both defined by and limited to an exotic, gaudily coloured costume worn as the emblem o f their Balkanness. These scenes, their story not unknown.

How suddenly it all changes when you come to the Vardar Valley and quicken into Greece. Then there was the slow unfolding o f the long romance o f the actual war, particularly o f European war, ghastly, devastating, heartrending in its effect, and yet somehow captivating to the imagination.

Whence comes that wind think you?