|Date of birth||October 04, 1892|
|Date of death||October 07, 1953|
Anica Savić Rebac was born in 1892. The Savić were a well-to-do family from Novi Sad, and their household was as a central gathering point for writers, artists and other prominent figures from the beginning of the 20th century. Thanks to her father’s support, from the earliest days of her youth, Anica was able to dedicate herself to literature: by the time she was twelve, she had already published her first translations. Her first poems were published in the Brankovo kolo (Branko's Circle) magazine when she was thirteen.
1909 – Anica Savić graduated from high school as the sole girl in her class.
1910 – The Savić family moves to Vienna in order to enable Anica to further her education. In Vienna, she enrolled in University, where she began studying Classics.
1914–1918 – Just as she was about to finish her undergraduate studies, World War I broke out. Because of the war, her family was forced to move back to Novi Sad. For Anica, this was a period of stagnation, and not just in her formal education.
From 1920 – Due to bureaucratic hindrances, Anica did not graduate from the University of Belgrade until 1920. Her graduation was followed by a period of professional uncertainty: despite her academic achievement, which would normally qualify her for a position at the University, the amount of opposition she faced from the academic milieu would compel her to spend the greater part of her career as a high school teacher, with frequent changes of workplace (Novi Sad, Belgrade, Skopje and Sarajevo).
1921 – This year saw two major events in the life of Anica Savić: her marriage to Hasan Rebac and the subsequent moving of her family to Belgrade. Hasan Rebac had studied in Belgrade and Vienna, and graduated from Oriental Studies at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He had participated in the Balkan Wars as a Serbian volunteer, lived through the great Serbian retreat of 1916, after which he left for France from Thessaloniki. In the interwar period, he was an official of the Ministry of Religious Affairs of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. The relationship between Hasan and Anica was a deep and passionate one, marked by mutual understanding and support, even in the face of numerous political, national and religious prejudices of their environment.
1930–1941 – Anica and Hasan spent a considerable period of their life in Skopje, where Hasan officiated. They were forced to leave Skopje after the German invasion of Yugoslavia. As refugees, they moved first to Vrnjačka Banja, and then to Belgrade, where they would face harsh conditions.
1941–1945 – During World War II, Anica and Hasan live in Belgrade, trying to cope with difficult financial circumstances.
1946 – Anica is finally given a position at the University of Belgrade.
1953 – After Hasan’s death on August 4, 1953, Anica decides to commit suicide. Having failed to do so twice, she finally succeeded in taking her own life on October 7, 1953, by shooting herself through the heart in her Belgrade apartment.
|Place of birth||Novi Sad|
|Place(s) of residence||Austria, Serbia, and North Macedonia|
|Place of death||Beograd|
|Social class||Middle class|
|Education||School education and University education|
1905 – Her first translation of an excerpt from Byron’s Manfred was published under the title Noćni prizor kod Rima (Night Scenery near Rome).
1906–1911 – As a very young girl, she published her works frequently in periodicals, for the most part in Brankovo kolo (Branko's Circle). Her work consisted of poetry, essays and translations of authors such as Thomas More, Sully Prudhomme, Shelley, Pindar and many others.
1917–1925 – She became a regular contributor of Književni jug (The Literary South). In the period right after the end of World War I, Anica lived between Novi Sad and Belgrade. She was at the very center of the contemporary literary and cultural scene. She continued to publish her poetry and essays in periodicals, such as Srpski književni glasnik (The Serbian Literary Herald) and the magazine Misao (Thought), edited by Sima Pandurović. She also participated in founding the magazine Dan (Day) along with Ksenija Atansijević. She would become a regular correspondent of the magazine, as well. She was friends with Miloš Crnjanski, who dedicated a poem from his famous collection Lirika Itake (Lyrics of Ithaca) to her. Her cooperation with various magazines and periodicals continued throughout the years to come.
1927 – With a group of fellow female intellectuals, she co-founded the Yugoslavian branch of the International Federation of University Women. This organization had, amongst other things, the mission to propagate and defend the professional interests of women with university degrees.
1929 – Even though she had been publishing poems and translations in periodicals from her early youth, Anica had not succeeded in publishing a collection of her poems until 1929. Her first and last collection of poems was entitled Večeri na moru (Nights by the Sea). Later, she dedicated herself mostly to translating, writing essays, literary criticism, pedagogical work, and academic research especially.
1930–1941 – While living in Skopje, Anica was host to Rebecca West and her companion H. G. Wells during their tour of Yugoslavia. The characters of Milica and Mehmed from West’s book Black Lamb and Gray Falcon were closely modeled on Anica and Hasan. Druing this time, she committed herself to the feminist cause, first as Head of the International Federation of University Women, later on as a member of the Women’s Antifascist Front.
1933 – Upon completing her PhD studies, Anica published her first major piece of academic writing, Preplatonska erotologija (Pre-Platonic Erotology).
1936 – Platonska i hrišćanska ljubav (Platonic and Christian Love) is published.
1946 – Despite fierce opposition, she is given tenure at the University of Belgrade. At that moment, she was the only female professor there. She held courses on Latin language, literature and history at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade.
After 1953 – Her books Antička estetika i nauka o književnosti (Classical Aesthetics and Literary Study, 1955), Helenski vidici (Hellenic Horizons, 1966) as well as her Collected Works in seven volumes (1984-1988) were published posthumously, usually as a result of individual effort.
Edited by Jelena Milinković
Translated by Dunja Dušanić
|Profession(s) and other activities||translator, poet, literary critic, social-cultural activist, contributor to periodical press, and fiction writer/novelist|
|Language(s) in which she wrote||Serbian|
|Financial aspects of her career||Salary|
Works by this author
- Studije i ogledi I-II 1988
- Istorija rimske književnosti: književnost doba Republike 1300–2000
- Večeri na moru 1929
- Predplatonska erotologija 1932
- Platonska i hrišćanska ljubav 1936
- Antička estetika i nauka o književnosti: studija o njenom razvoju od početka do Aristotela 1955
- Sabrana dela I - VII 1984 - 1988
- Najlepše pesme Anice Savić Rebac 2010
- Najlepše ljubavne pesme srpskih pesnikinja 2013
- Duh helenstva 2015
- Anica Savić Rebac 2019
Articles and other similar texts
- Maris stella 1922
- Jesen 1919
- Gemmae stelliferae 1922
- Milica Stojadinović Srpkinja 1926
- Postanak jednog pesničkog dela 1952
- Nekoliko reči o problemu klasičnog 1951
- Dante u Apeninu 1918
- Spev i njegovi problemi 1968
- Pân 1906
- Renesansa 1906
- Pan 1906
- Renesansa 1906
- Šeliju 1907
- Suncu 1907
- Podne 1907
- Zimna noć 1908
- Vizija 1908
- Meke i sive magle, u dubinama vašim... 1908
- Omir 1908
- Čudo 1909
- Emil Verharen 1909
- Aleksa Šantić: Pjesme 1909
- Momenti iz Odiseje 1910
- Praksitelu 1910
- Romeo i Julija 1910
- Omiru 1910
- Melanholija 1911
- Istine 1911
- U zimu poznu, u proleće râno... 1911
- Joffroy Rudel 1918
- Svitanje 1919
- Novi Sad 1919
- O Jovanu Dučiću 1919
- Stogodišnjica Walta Withmana 1919
- U spomen Milutina Bojića 1919
- Kamelije 1919
- Svetozar Ćorović 1919
- Put 1920
- Safijska oda 1920
- Hodimo dvoje po snegu... 1920
- Toskanska elegija 1922
- Zaboravljeni sne mojih mladih dana 1922
- Florentinske noći 1922
- Helenski vidici 1922
- Inkantacija 1922
- Aleksa Šantić: Iz Hajneove lirike 1924
- Večeri volim prožete mirisom svežim i snažnim... 1924
- Pesnik carskih soneta 1924
- Jedna stara slika 1924
- Ditiramb 1924
- Pesma u noći 1924
- Tenerifa 1925
- O savršenoj ženi (anketa) 1925
- Madona: stare slike 1926
- Proletni ditiramb 1927
- Aprilsko jutro 1927
- Štefan George 1927
- Hajnrih fon Klajst 1927
- Tomas Man i Začarani breg 1927
- Gete na Breneru 1927
- Pesma suncu na ishodu 1928
- Jesen u Bačkoj 1929
- Laza Kostić kao tumač poezije Zmajeve 1929
- Šele i universalni lirizam 1929
- Magia naturalis: solstitium 1929
- Tomas Man i problem umetnika 1929
- Umorna sam od jeseni i zima 1930
- Staze 1930
- Träume 1932
- Geteov helenizam 1933
- Ljubav u filozofiji Spinozinoj 1933
- Kalistos 1937
- Tomas Man i problematika naših dana 1937
- Savka Subotić 1950
- Pred prikaz Sofoklove ''Antigone'' 1950
- Oko prepeva Geteovog "Fausta" 1951
- O pedesetogodišnjici Budenbrokovih 1951
- Njegoš i bogomilstvo 1951
- Lucretiana 1951
- Problem istoriske uloge hrišćanstva 1951
- O narodnoj pesmi "Car Duklijan i Krstitelj Jovan" 1951
- Antička demokratija i socijalni problemi 1951
- Njegoš, kabala i Filon 1952
- Obiter reperta iz rimske književnosti 1953
- Pindar i umetnost kao lirska vizija 1953
- Pozadina Platonove estetike 1953
- Platon i moderna apstraktna umetnost 1955
- Pesnik i njegova pozicija 1966
- Luča mikrokozma od Petra Petrovića Njegoša 1968
- Persi B. Šeli kao veliki pesnik socijalizma 1983
- Mistička i tragična misao kod Grka 1984
- Eros i ideje ili o metafizičkoj pozadini Platonove estetike 1985
- Pismo Rebeki Vest 1986
- Anica Savić - Milanu Kašaninu 1992
Reception during lifetime
- Anica Savićeva (1913)
- Prevod g-đe Anice Savić Rebac (1929)
- Anica Savić Rebac: Večeri na Moru. (1929)
- Antologija srpskih pesnikinja na češkom (1929)
- Jedna Antologija srpskih pesnikinja na češkom (1929)
- Anica Savić-Rebac: prva žena doktor klasične filologije na Beogradskom univerzitetu (1932)
- Nove knjige ženskih autora (1933)
- Anica Savić-Rebac (1935)
- Naša žena u književnom stvaranju (1941)
Reception after death
- Pesništvo Anice Savić-Rebac (1963)
- Anica Savić Rebac (1983)
- Život Anice Savić Rebac (2002)
- Anica Savić Rebac kao posrednik između srpske i nemačke kulture (2004)
- Legende Beogradskog univerziteta (2005)
- ...kada sazremo kao kultura... Stvaralaštvo srpskih spisateljica na početku XX veka (kanon – žanr – rod) (2012)
- Anica Savić-Rebac i naše vreme (2015)
- Jedan potpun čovek: o helenizmu Anice Savić-Rebac (2015)
- Avangardistkinje (2018)
- Francuska veza (2019)