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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 56 | volume X | September-October, 2007



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 56September-October, 2007

In the Small Rooms of the Pink Ghetto

(or: We, our invisible women writers)

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Elizabeta Bakovska

Fifteen years ago, I entered the graduate studies in literature at “Blaže Koneski” Faculty of Philology as, I assume, many people around me: without an idea to which island in the endless sea of literature (and all criticism and theory related to it) I wanted to go, and of course, without a compass to help me find this island. I carried an unclear fascination with the American lost generation from my regular studies: Hemingway and Fitzgerald were my heroes then. “So much has been written on the lost generation, take something else” said my mentor. So, completely unaware, as a spare option I decided to write about the American women prose writers, positive that almost nothing had been written on them, at least not here.
    However, just as I thought that I had found the real topic, in the spirit of comparative studies that silently overwhelmed our graduate literature studies, I was suggested that I should compare the American women writers to ours. Thus, for the first time at the age of twenty-three, I, the English graduate, started to wrote the Macedonian women prose writers, those who were unknown to me until then. The reading looked more like a search, for the women prose writers were but a few, and those who said something about them were even fewer. After seven years of searching, writing and rewriting, enjoying in good books and being frustrated by bad ones, I found myself sitting at my master thesis defense in front of a committee made of thee women, while two more were sitting in the audience – Jadranka Vladova and Gordana Mihailova Bošnakoska, the Macedonian women prose writers whom I had chosen for the comparison with the American ones. It was only few years ago, after the filter of time that had passed since then, Deridian-like, that I understood the meaning of this act – without an intention of an awareness of my acts and deeds, back in year 2000 I actually joined the Macedonian pink ghetto.
Pink ghetto is a term that was initially used to describe the (limited) space of living and acting of women – the bedroom and kitchen, for example, are typical rooms of the pink ghetto. In this narrow space, separated from the living room (that is, from the space of collective living and interaction in the home), women could manage, dominate and set themselves the conditions of functioning of

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