Slađana Ilić (Kraljevo, 1974) completed the Pedagogical Academy “Petar Petrović Njegoš” in Kruševac. She graduated from the University of Niš – Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Serbian Language and Yugoslav Literature, on December 26, 1998. She defended her magister’s thesis Moralističke ideje u poeziji Jovana Sterije Popovića (Moralistic Ideas in Jovan Sterija Popović’s Poetry) on April 8, 2005, at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Philology (mentor professor Milo Lompar, Ph.D.). On September 29, 2016, she defended her doctoral thesis Politički diskurs u pripovetkama Radovana Belog Markovića (Political Discourse in the Stories of Radovan Beli Marković) at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Political Sciences (mentor professor Dobrivoje Stanojević, Ph.D.). She defended her doctoral thesis Tipovi fantastike u prozi Radovana Belog Markovića (Types of Fantasy in the Prose of Radovan Beli Marković) on September 30, 2016, at the University of Novi Sad – Faculty of Philosophy (mentor professor Sava Damjanov, Ph.D.).
She worked as an editor and cultural programs organizer at the National Library “Stevan Sremac” in Niš (2000-2004), as an editor for general and textbook publications at the publishing house Kreativni Centar in Belgrade (2004-2011), and from December 26, 2011, until August 6, 2020, at Zavod za Udžbenike in Belgrade as an editor for Serbian language and elementary school reading, as well as fiction and literary theory. She is currently working at the Belgrade City Library.
Both the magazine Gradina from Niš (2001) and Naš trag from Velika Plana have had her on their editorial boards (2007-2008; 2020-present). She has been the editor-in-chief of Književni magazine since 2020, as well as the scientific journal Kultura for theory and sociology of culture and cultural politics since 2021. She is a regular contributor to Radio Beograd 2 and Večernje Novosti as a literary critic. Since 2003, she has been the member of the jury of Večernje Novosti for the literary award “Meša Selimović.” In 2021, she started serving on the jury for the Belgrade City Library’s “Beogradski Pobednik” award for the best novel of the year written in the Serbian language, as well as the jury for the “Đorđe Jovanović” award for essays and literary criticism. She was in the Editorial Board for the publication of the complete works of Radovan Beli Marković (2013). She prepared three books by this writer: Švapska kosa, Limunacija u Ćelijama, Gospođa Olga. She attended many Slavic studies symposiums in the country and abroad. Slađana Ilić has been writing literary criticism since 2000, and she began to shorts stories in 2011. She published a collection of literary criticism Nešto se ipak dogodilo: Ogledi o savremenoj srpskoj prozi sezone 2000-2004 (Something Did Happen: Essays on Contemporary Serbian Prose Season 2000-2004, Аgora, Zrenjanin, 2005), collection of stories Ženski – u sto tehnika (Female—One Hundred Techniques, Dereta, Beograd, 2014), and the scientific monographs Državna životinja: politika i ljudi u pričama Radovana Belog Markovića (State Animal: Politics and People in Stories of Radovan Beli Marković, Gradska biblioteka Lajkovac, 2018), Zlo u književnosti i kulturi: kolonijalni um srpske tranzicije (Evil in Literature and Culture: The Colonial Mind of Serbian Transition, Catena mundi, 2021) and Anđeli i strašila: Tipovi fantastike u prozi Radovana Belog Markovića (Angels and Scarecrows: Types of Fantasy in the Prose of Radovan Beli Marković, Naučno udruženje za razvoj srpskih studija, Novi Sad, 2021).