10. May 2018.


The scientific conference “Serbian Female Poets” has been organized by the Department of Literature of the Andrić Institute and the Foundation of Desanka Maksimović from Belgrade, and on the occasion of the 120th anniversary of the birth of the celebrated Serbian female poet, Desanka Maksimović.

Undoubtedly, from the Middle Ages, a nun, Jefimija, and the empress Milica, unavoidable Desanka Maksimović and her contemporaries, to the female poets of modern times and poetry written by hand of women is a valuable national treasure.

Serbian culture and respect for poetry does not allow us to forget or to separate poets and poets. The organizer’s desire is to talk about the great Serbian female poets and show how much they have indebted Serbian culture …

– For this reason, we all folded our hands, as Desanka Maksimović used to say, to do this benefit to Serbian literature and Serbian science about literature, says Aleksandra Vraneš, head of the Department of Literature of the Andrić Institute.

It is also an important jubilee of 120 years since Desanka Maksimović’s birth, and 25 years since leaving us, but she is still alive.

She left 78 books, more than 50 collections of poetry, translated into world and foreign languages…


– Nobel Prize winner is a person that translated works of Desanka Maksimovic. Nobody else has translated into Russian than Josif Botsky, says Aleksandar Petrov, a senior lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh.

Svetlana Šeatović, from the Institute of Literature and Art Belgrade, says that Desanka Maksimović is a phenomenon of our literature and culture and Serbian female poets.

– She said that she would leave only words that spring from the distance, adds Šeatović.

Jefimija’s Praise to the prince Lazar and her Verses to Youngster, dedicated to the deceased son dated back to 1402, and scientific researches in the next five centuries have recognized undeniably literary treasures written by the hand of female poets…

– We expected 30 female writers from 1402 to 1915, the time when women begin to write. For five centuries, we have 170 names, says Biljana Dojčinović, from the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade.

The theory and history of women’s literature until 1915 is compiled through the book “Knjiženstvo”.

The history of female literary creation dates back to 1920, when Desanka Maksimović published her first verses, and since then many women have left deep traces in national poetry.

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