Draga Dimitrijević Dejanović

Pseudonyms Draga D-ća
Spouse Mihailo Dejanović
Date of birth August 18, 1840
Date of death June 26, 1871
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Personal situation

Draga Dejanović was born in Stara Kanjiža in 1840. She began her schooling in the Vincikov Institute in Timisoara but continued it in Pest, where she met the founders of United Serbian Youth and dedicated herself to their cause. After a failed marriage in 1862, she joined the acting ensemble of the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad, leaving shortly after for Belgrade, where she stayed until 1864. Upon leaving Belgrade, she worked in Stari Bečej as a teacher. She died giving birth in her thirty-first year.

Place of birth Stara Kanjiža
Place of death Stari Bečej
Marital status Divorced
Education University education

Professional situation

Because of the principles she propagated, Draga Dejanović is rightfully considered as the first Serbian feminist. Through a series of lectures, she publicly and enthusiastically advocated the necessity of education for female children. By addressing "Serbian mothers" directly, she tried to pinpoint this problem as effectively as she could. Furthermore, she criticized women energetically for their passivity and unwillingness to change. Draga Dejanović also wrote poetry. Her poetic works can be divided into love songs and patriotic poetry. She published her first poems in the Danica magazine, and later on in Zastava (The Flag) and Javor (The Maple). With her patriotic poetry, Draga wanted to "awaken national self-awareness". The texts and lectures in which she addresses "Serbian women" and "Serbian mothers" were printed in Matica and the Mlada Srbadija (Young Serbs), a magazine issued by the United Serbian Youth. Draga Dejanović left behind her a manuscript of an unfinished play, "Dioba Jakšića" ("Divide of the Jakšić"), a short story, "Svećenik u Morlaku" ("A Priest in Morlak"), a poem "Mučenik" ("Martyr"), and a pedagogical treatise entitled "Mati" ("Mother"). 

Written by Ivana Pantelić

Translated by Dunja Dušanić

Profession(s) and other activities poet, social-cultural activist, contributor to periodical press, playwright, fiction writer/novelist, and teacher/governess

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