Terziu, Fatmir
September 2011
International Journal of Academic Research;Sep2011, Vol. 3 Issue 5, p93
Academic Journal
In this essay I first want to have a look at the competing gendered interests during the veil invasion in the Balkans through the lens of Kadare's writing which offers a perspective on cross-cultural dressing and travelling genders from the inside, and provides us with interesting clues about the men and women of the time. Why were the 'normal' females (ballkanesha-women from the Balkans) afraid of being dressed in ferexhe? How was the forced practise of cross-cultural dressing policed by the Ottoman Empire? How did 'religious' rules as a concept emerge? Why did Kadare's narrator not escape the constraints of genders and set them in motion? Secondly, this essay argues that Kadare's character (Hadji Milet) used his experience to accessorise his male love for the 'ballkanesha' and that in his case, male with forced authoritative duty, was not used to satirise conventional norms but to shape and define his own. Last but not least, focusing on Hadji Milet's performance of the bearer, I plan to explore the portrayal of the ballkanesha, as a means of identifying their cultural identity.


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