Rides of Insight

No. 1 - Year 14 - 12/2023

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Editorial

By aiming to provide different aspects of insight, the following issue of [sic] presents diverse topics and approaches that provide “something more” in acknowledging various aspects of literary and film art....

Literature and Culture
Iva Polak, University of Zagreb, Croatia:

Research into humour in Indigenous Australian fiction is strikingly rare, even when compared to studies on humour in traditional Indigenous societies. As a consequence, when channelled through fictional prose, Indigenous humour rarely “receives any echo” (Bergson). One case in point is Gayle Kennedy’s novel Me, Antman & Fleabag (2007). Kennedy’s text, despite being marketed as humorous and winning the prestigious 2006 David Unaipon Award, has attracted a handful of minuscule reviews. The paper discusses distinctive “elastic polarity” of humour (Boskin) in Kennedy’s text, which simultaneously denies and affirms. By analysing the way in which her narrative debunks social and racial stereotypes of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia, the paper argues that her double-edged humour produces a site of cultural negotiations necessary for understanding complexities of contemporary Indigeneities and contemporary Australia. Keywords: Gayle Kennedy, Me, Antman & Fleabag, humour, elastic polari...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.14.lc.1
Literary Translation
T. Coraghessan Boyle and Lucija Grabovac:

Pritisnula je kvaku. Vrata su bila otključana. Ušla je.Trenutak je bio slojevit i zamršen, gotovo kao bajka, ali gdje su bila tri medvjeda? Bili su gore, lajali. Zar medvjedi laju? Ne, ali psi laju, i o tome se tu radilo, psi su lajali i grebli svojim sjajnim crnim noktima – kandžama? – po zatvorenim vratima na vrhu stepeništa, koje je bilo tapecirano i prekriveno blagim, poznatim sjenama raznih predmeta u prigušenom svjetlu lampe iza kauča koji se nalazio samo par metara od nje. Na kauču su bili jastuci, cijela flotila jastuka, i dvije fotelje s oba krila, stolić, police za knjige, crna mrcina od TV-a postavljena na zid nasuprot nje. Kad se pomaknula, a pomaknula se samo koračić ili dva u sobu – šuljala se, to je radila, šuljala se – u ekranu TV-a pojavio se njezin odraz, previše nejasan da bi ga se moglo razaznati.Neki se glas možda čuo iz sobe na vrhu stepenica – „Cameron, jesi to ti? Halo? Ima li koga?” – ali izgubio se u lavežu, uostalom, nije se mogao odnositi na nju, jer ona se ...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.14.lt.4
Literary Translation
Vida Sever and Anja Glavinić:

the family hair
spills over lunch
after we’ve become
weak and thin

my hair ends up in the plate
and pretends to be drowning
I silence it
with shyness behind my ear

the teeth are the answer
to the childish carelessness
when I splash water on the hair
bound around my waist
barely pulling out my hands
I offer them the remaining drops

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.14.lt.3
Literature and Culture
Mario Vrbančić, University of Zadar, Croatia:

In this paper, I investigate the 'creatureliness' of film, questioning whether we can perceive film as a process of witnessing history. Is there trust in the cinematic image as a document, and what role does film play in memory and history? Responding to these questions, inspired by Eric Santner's concept of political theology and sovereignty, as well as Laura Mulvey's concept of death in 24 frames per second, I analyze W.G. Sebald's novel Austerlitz. In the novel, the protagonist attempts to fathom a traumatic past through slow-motion, raising inquiries about the possibility of redemption through the cinematic image. I also write about what escapes the field of visibility in both the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.Keywords: political theology of film, sovereignty and temporality of film, 'creatureliness' of filmic lifeJedna od najdužih i najtežih polemika o povijesti i filmu u dvadesetom stoljeću ticala se Shoah (holokausta): je li film „kriv” jer nije dokumentirao genocid, da l...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.14.lc.4
Literature and Culture
Vesna Ukić Košta, University of Zadar, Croatia:

In the novels published in the course of the nineties, Every Light in the House Burnin’ (1994), Never Far from Nowhere (1996), and Fruit of the Lemon (1999), Andrea Levy (1956–2019), a British writer of Jamaican origin, focuses on the experiences of British-born daughters of first-generation Caribbean immigrants in Britain. This paper will examine how Levy’s young protagonists struggle to come to terms with their highly hybridized identities, which resist reductive racial categories of ‘white’ and ‘black.’ Experiencing racial bias on the one hand and confronting silences about their Jamaican heritage on the other, Levy’s protagonists often find themselves in liminal spaces and are constantly compelled to negotiate private (Jamaican) and more public (British) spheres of existence.Keywords: Andrea Levy, Stuart Hall, womanhood, British, hybridity, identityIn Jackie Kay’s 1984 poem “So You Think I Am a Mule,” the lyric speaker is an unapologetic mixed-race woman. She responds very assertiv...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.14.lc.2
Literary Translation
Tasos Leivaditis and N. N. Trakakis:

The room was pitch-dark, seemingly nonexistent, as he opened his eyes. Not even a trace of the dawn had yet made its way through the louvres. ‘That’s weird, for I got up so early,’ he thought. The entire right side of his body had gone numb, especially his arm, which appeared paralysed. ‘See, that’s what I get when I lie on my right side.’ He was always afraid of sleeping on the side of his heart, in case something happened and he never woke up again. And he liked thinking, in a somewhat smug way it must be said, about his desire to experience his own death. ‘There’s nothing more humiliating than to die while asleep,’ he had once written in a diary that he kept. ‘Kept’, in a manner of speaking, for the diary was a battered, 100-page exercise book which he remembered three or four times a year, and then he’d take the opportunity to put down on paper some of the thoughts that occasionally crossed his mind.The numbness had in some measure diminished. But what really sickened him lay in hi...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.14.lt.5