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Author Mlekuž, Jernej.

Title Burek : a culinary metaphor / Jernej Mlekuž
Published Budapest : Central European University Press, 2015
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Description 1 online resource (pages cm)
Series UPCC book collections on Project MUSE
Contents Preburek (I mean, foreword!) / Jože Vogrinc -- Before the burek -- Towards the burek -- About the burek -- After the burek -- (Non)burek literature -- Burekarchive
Summary "'As Simple as Burek' is a saying current among young people in Slovenia. But in his book, Jernej Mlekuž holds just the opposite. The burek--a pie made of pastry dough filled with various fillings, well-known in the Balkans, Turkey (bürek), and also in the Near East by other names--whether on the plate or as a cultural artifact, is in fact not that simple. After a brief stroll though its innocent history, before parasitical ideologies had attached themselves to the burek and poisoned its discourses, Mlekuž focuses on the present. In Slovenia, the burek has become a loaded metaphor for the Balkans and immigrants from the republics of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Without the burek it would be equally difficult to consider the jargon of Slovenian youth, the imagined world of Slovenian chauvinism and the rhetorical arsenal of advertising agents when promoting healthy foods. In this analysis therefore, the burek is always what Mlekuž calls the metaburek. It is greasy, Balkan, Slovene, not-Slovene, the greatest, eastern, the best, shit, oriental, unhealthy, plebian, Yugoslav, junk, a cherub (burek spelled backwards is kerub, the Slovene word for cherub). And this metaburek, which is the protagonist of this book, is never a completely pure, innocent, unconditioned burek. It is much more than just a burek. And a word of warning: after consuming this text, the burek will never be the same"--Provided by pubolisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Discourse analysis -- Slovenia.
Food -- Symbolic aspects -- Slovenia.
Immigrants -- Slovenia -- Public opinion.
Metaphor -- Political aspects -- Slovenia.
Nationalism -- Slovenia.
Pies -- Slovenia.
Political culture -- Slovenia.
Popular culture -- Slovenia.
Slovenia -- Politics and government.
Slovenia -- Social life and customs.
Form Electronic book
Author Project Muse.
LC no. 2014046043
ISBN 9633860911
9633860911 electronic bk
9789633860892 (hardbound : alk. paper)
9789633860915 electronic bk