Managing the “Boss”: Epistemic Violence, Resistance, and Negotiations in Milman Parry’s and Nikola Vujnović’s Pričanja with Salih Ugljanin

Rather than approaching the Parry-Vujnović interviews with Salih Ugljanin, singer of South Slavic and Albanian epics, as primarily contextual and supplementary material, this article explores their neglected performative aspect, the subdued social, ethnic, and religious tensions that underlie them, and the subtle power-struggles, shifting allegiances, clashes, and confluences of interests and intentions between the participants. Special attention is given to the singer’s strategies of coping with, negotiating, and resisting the imposition of alien scholarly terms of engagement.