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Matičević, Mara

Mara Matičević, M. A.

PhD Student in Slavic Literature


Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies
Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich
Maria-Theresia-Straße 21
81675 München

Phone: +49 (0)89 / 2180 - 9592

Doctoral Project

Grenzenloses Erzählen. Narrative Konstruktionen migratorischer Subjekte in den Literaturen der Gegenwart

Boundless storytelling: Narrative Constructions of Migratory Subjects in Modern Literature

In my dissertation I examine contemporary novels of Eastern European (especially South Slavic) authors who have left their homeland and are now writing literature in a second foreign language. The countries of Eastern and Southeastern Europe have long been located in a liminal position from the Central European point of view, due to both designation as a Balkan region and the increasingly negative perceptions attached. In addition, in recent decades they increasingly had to deal with wars, the collapse and the re-emergence of political systems and the correlated social realignments. I examine works that emerged from migration in this transcultural context as manifestations or consequences of real exchange and integration processes on a cultural and literary level. Based on a subjective-philosophical basis, in contrast to the poststructuralist theories of postcolonial studies, my analysis exemplifies newer tendencies of hybrid subjectivity, linking to the overarching evolution of literary criticism.

Please also see an overview of her project in the Graduate School's Annual Report 2016.

Curriculum Vitae

Born in Dubrovnik. Studied General and Comparative Literature, Italian Studies and Ethnology in Munich and Zagreb. Master's degree in 2012 with the thesis "The Fictionalization of the Holocaust. Analysis of two contemporary novels as an example of a perspective of the 'third generation'". After graduating, she taught German as a foreign language and prepared for her dissertation. Admission to doctoral studies at the Graduate School for Eastern and South Eastern in November 2014.

Positions, Assignments and Memberships

Member of the Study Group Literature - Narrativity - Discourse


Edited Books and Journal Issues

Together with Andreas Hölzl / Matthias Klumm / Thomas Scharinger / Johannes Ungelenk / Nora Zapf (Hgg.): Politik der Metapher, Würzburg 2015.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

A ‘Return’ of the Subject in Zadie Smith’s “White Teeth”. In: Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies 16 (2),

„Fiktionalisierung des Holocaust“, in: Spannungsfelder: Literatur und Gewalt. Tagungsband des 3. Studierendenkongresses in Komparatistik, Frankfurt a.M. u.a. 2013, S. 241-250.

Further Publications

Das Erwachen der Sprache. Zur Poetik der Schriftstellerin Marica Bodrožić. In: Erinnerungskulturen. Erinnerung und Geschichtspolitik im östlichen und südöstlichen Europa, 13.07.2017.

Together with Helena Holzberger: Tagungsbericht. Cultural Hegemonies in Spaces of Diversity: Second Annual Conference of the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, 07.05.-09.05.2015 in Regensburg. In: H-Soz-Kult, 02.10.2015,



  • 1/2014 Vortrag bei der Konferenz „Return of the Narrative“ an der Universität Amsterdam mit dem Titel „Return of the Subject in the contemporary Novel – Zadie Smith’s White Teeth”


  • WiSe 2013/14 HS „Ereignis und Subjektivität nach der Postmoderne“ an der LMU München (kooperative Lehre mit PD Dr. Raoul Eshelman)
  • Seit 5/2013 Organisation der Graduiertentagung „LanguageTalks“ (7./8. April 2014) und Herausgabe des Tagungsbandes (Publikation im Sommer 2015)