Longing Is Belonging: Nostalgia and Identity in Croatian Popular (Heritage) Music

By Eni Buljubašić.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies

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This paper relies on two pillars of research: the notion of transformation/production inherent in (global) heritage discourse (Smith 2006; Hafstein 2013) and the equally omnipresent discourse of nostalgia in popular culture (Boym 2001; 2007; Jameson 1984; Connerton 2009). These research areas provide a framework in which the investigation of the production of Dalmatian identity in the neoklapa discourse, the popular Croatian music form, can be placed. This work focuses on the dynamics of nostalgia in the neoklapa discourse. Nostalgia is here perceived not as “homesickness,” but, given its interdiscursivity with heritage and popular culture discourses, as a negotiation and re-articulation of the Croatian/Dalmatian (i.e., national/regional) identity. In the neoklapa music discourse, nostalgia is present in the domains of style and themes alike: Aspects of both are discussed in this paper. Although a full investigation of these issues requires wider (interdisciplinary and multimodal) research, the examples discussed here point to the conclusion that restorative nostalgia (Boym 2001) permeates neoklapa discourse.

Keywords: Neoklapa, Nostalgia, Heritage, Popular Culture

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Volume 11, Issue 1, March 2016, pp.25-37. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: February 12, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 659.344KB)).

Eni Buljubašić

PhD Candidate and Research and Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split, Split, Croatia