Beyond (Hyper)Masculinity: Images of Boyhood in Croatian Young Adult Novels in English Translation

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This article gives an outline of stereotypical representation of the Balkans as a predominantly violent culture that legitimizes violence through the lenses of (hyper)masculinized characters represented in Croatian literature for young adults selected for translation into English. A representation of this stereotypical image can be found in one of the most recent translations of a contemporary novel for children from Croatia, Odohohol and Cally Rascal by Matko Sršen. Meanwhile, the second case study of this article focuses on the analysis of translated young adult literature that promotes or contests violent masculinities. The novel The Teacher of My Dreams by Miro Gavran portrays a more complex image of masculinity from the Western Balkans, promoting a depiction of an emotional, intellectual, and rational male.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-170
Number of pages17
JournalBoyhood Studies
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2022

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies
  • Gender Studies

User-Defined Keywords

  • Balkans
  • imagology
  • literature
  • scholar
  • violence


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