Isidora Sekulić
Isidora Sekulić 1996 Yugoslavia stamp.jpg
Born16 February 1877
Died5 April 1958 (aged 81)

Isidora Sekulić (Serbian Cyrillic: Исидора Секулић, 16 February 1877 – 5 April 1958) was a Serbian writer, novelist, essayist, polyglot and art critic. She was "the first woman academic in the history of Serbia".[1]


Sekulić was born in Mošorin, a village of Bács-Bodrog County, which is now in the Vojvodina. Apart from her studies in literature, Sekulić was also well versed in natural sciences as well as philosophy. She graduated from the pedagogical school in Budapest in 1892, and obtained her doctorate in 1922 in Germany. Her travels included extended stays in England, France and Norway. Her travels from Oslo through Bergen to Finnmark resulted in Pisma iz Norveške / Letters from Norway meditative travelogue in 1914. Her collection of short stories, Saputnici, are unusually detailed and penetrating accomplishment in self-analysis and a brave stylistic experiment. She also spoke several classical as well as nine modern languages.

Sekulić's lyrical, meditative, introspective and analytical writings come at the dawn of Serbian prose writing. Sekulić is concerned with the human condition of man in his new, thoroughly modern sensibility. In her main novel, The Chronicle of a Small Town Cemetery (Кроника паланачког гробља), she writes in opposition to the usual chronological development of events. Instead, each part of the book begins in the cemetery, eventually returning to the time of bustling life, with all its joys and tragedies. Characters such as Gospa Nola, are the first strong female characters in Serbian literature, painted in detail in all their courage, pride and determination.

Isidora Sekulić also wrote critical writings in the areas of music, theatre, art, architecture and literature and philosophy. She wrote major studies of Yugoslav, Russian, English, German, French, Italian, Norwegian and other literatures.[2]

Selected works

  • Saputnici (1913)
  • Pisma iz Norveške (1914)
  • Iz prošlosti (1919)
  • Đakon Bogorodičine crkve (1919)
  • Kronika palanačkog groblja (1940)
  • Zapisi (1941)
  • Analitički trenuci i teme, 1-3 (1941)
  • Zapisi o mome narodu (1948)
  • Njegošu knjiga duboke odanosti (1951)
  • Govor i jezik, kulturna smotra naroda (1956).

On her work

Bust of Sekulić in Sombor

Isidora Sekulić Award

Since 1968, the municipality of Savski venac endows the literary prize Isidora Sekulić Award annually, honoring contemporary authors for significant achievement in the field of literature, and encouraging their literary creativity in the sense of the work of Isidora Sekulić, who spent the last years of her life in a small house with garden on Topčider Hill.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "10 Amazing Serbian Women Who CHANGED THE 20TH CENTURY". Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  2. ^ Isidora Sekulić, evropski duh srpske književnosti (Isidora Sekulić, European Spirit of Serbian Literature), Catalog of the exhibition on the 50th anniversary of her death, City Library of Belgrade 2008, archived by Wayback Machine, retrieved 2019-04-29.
  3. ^ Fellow Travellers Of A Serbian Woman,, retrieved 2019-11-24.
  4. ^ About the Sekulić House, Kulura Dobra Beograda, retrieved 2019-04-29.


  • Jugoslovenski Književni Leksikon (Encyclopedia of Yugoslav Literature), Matica Srpska, Novi Sad, 1984.
  • Jovan Skerlić, Istorija Nove Srpske Književnosti (Belgrade, 1921) page 476.
  • Hawkesworth, C. (2000). Voices in the Shadows: Women and Verbal Art in Serbia and Bosnia. Central European University Press. ISBN 978-963-9116-62-7. Retrieved 23 March 2018.