Krleza's Glembay Cycle: A Destructuration of the Genealogical Narrative

Krleza's Glembay Cycle: A Destructuration of the Genealogical Narrative RALPH BOGERT (Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A.) Krleza's Glembay Cycle: A Destruc- turation of the Genealogical Narrative Krleza: The Prothesis In the course of a private conversation which took place during the late 1960s between a literary scholar and Miroslav Krleza, a leading writer influ- ential on the Yugoslav cultural scene for more than half a century, an essen- tial question was raised concerning the falsifying effect of literal interpretation on the authentically fictional literary text. The problem was put to Krleza in the following way: The most frequent sort of literary misunderstandings result from a poor ' * comprehension of the relation between a writer's life and his work. One might say that this has particularly been the case with your Glembay cycle since its very inception. Readers and even semi-qualified critics have speculated as to whether you could really have ever met the kinds of persons, families and social groups that you wrote about in the "back- ward circumstances" of Zagreb's pre-World-War-I Austrianized society. ' Did the Glembay family and the phenomenon of Glembayism ever really exist among us? Did they speak, behave and spend their lives in the way you portrayed them? In the final analysis, to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southeastern Europe Brill

Krleza's Glembay Cycle: A Destructuration of the Genealogical Narrative

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BRILL
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© 1982 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0094-4467
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1876-3332
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10.1163/187633382X00108
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RALPH BOGERT (Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A.) Krleza's Glembay Cycle: A Destruc- turation of the Genealogical Narrative Krleza: The Prothesis In the course of a private conversation which took place during the late 1960s between a literary scholar and Miroslav Krleza, a leading writer influ- ential on the Yugoslav cultural scene for more than half a century, an essen- tial question was raised concerning the falsifying effect of literal interpretation on the authentically fictional literary text. The problem was put to Krleza in the following way: The most frequent sort of literary misunderstandings result from a poor ' * comprehension of the relation between a writer's life and his work. One might say that this has particularly been the case with your Glembay cycle since its very inception. Readers and even semi-qualified critics have speculated as to whether you could really have ever met the kinds of persons, families and social groups that you wrote about in the "back- ward circumstances" of Zagreb's pre-World-War-I Austrianized society. ' Did the Glembay family and the phenomenon of Glembayism ever really exist among us? Did they speak, behave and spend their lives in the way you portrayed them? In the final analysis, to

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Southeastern EuropeBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1982

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