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Arts: Remembrances and Narrations: Southeast Europe
(1,975 words)

Oral narratives are the social work of women throughout Southeast Europe (the Balkans). Such narratives about important characters and local events form the basis of family, clan, town, or regional identity, and their passage remains a rite of inclusion and belonging that is untraceable and inaccessible to outsiders. The role of oral tradition is highly valued throughout the region, especially when it concerns issues such as wars, migrations, and revolts where alternative versions exist in colle…

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Ellis, Burcu Akan, “Arts: Remembrances and Narrations: Southeast Europe”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0295f>
First published online: 2009

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