Altered States

Broj 1 - Godina 8 - 12/2017

Uvodnik

Non-thematic issues always represent a challenge, mostly premised on defining and constructing a subtle thread that would, at least apparently, unify all of the numerous submitted papers, thoughts and opinions about a variety of different subjects. Sometimes the final product, the metaphoric body of our journal, is a harmonious and perhaps even optimistic reading of cultural, social and literary phenomena, while on some other occasions the projected and articulated themes and ideas tend to be a bit harsher, stronger and more explicit in their nature. Such is the issue in front of you; in spite of the cheerful and celebratory time of the year, the segment dedicated to culture and literature is defined by the somewhat gloomy overtones of the presented ideas, merging silently with the foreboding shadows and the unfriendly figure insidiously dominating our cover. However, the articulated themes and analyses, while inclined toward the darker states and altered perceptions of reality, still form a rich tapestry of research and scrutiny, actively and significantly contributing to contemporary debates on the subjects at hand...

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This paper analyzes Woody Allen's 2013 movie Blue Jasmine as a pastiche of the famous 1951 movie A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Elia Kazan. The paper points out the similarities between the two films in terms of plot and relationships between female and male characters, as well as the differences between them in terms of genre and film techniques. The main emphasis in the comparative analysis of these movies is placed on the character and destiny of the female protagonist – Blanche DuBois and Jasmine French. At the end of the paper, the author draws attention to the name of Woody Allen’s protagonist as proof that Blue Jasmine should be interpreted not as a parody but rather a pastiche of A Streetcar Named Desire.Keywords: A Streetcar Named Desire, Blue Jasmine, Tennessee Williams, Woody Allen, pastiche

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Rape is a crime so close and personal, a trauma so individual, yet an experience so grotesquely impersonal, collective and inherent in our culture that it has a distinct place in the artistic practice of many feminist authors fighting for a voice where the cry had been muffled, refusing to be reframed into another masculinist fantasy of violence. Resistance through performance art as a mode of expression, its power and limitations, is what this article attempts to approach and start to untangle. When it comes to the artistic mode that prides itself most on its closeness to life and body – when there is pain, the pain is real – this paper aims to answer the following questions: how does one approach a violent invasion of a person’s body and self in a culture that perpetuates the mass psychology of rape (Brownmiller), and what can it mean to those who stand by and watch? Keywords: rape, feminism, performance art, autobiography, representation, representability, pain ...

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The limitations of Chinese transcription and the domination of Chinese scripts in print cause a difficulty in reflecting the otherness of Chinese foreign terms in English. The discrepancy among Chinese dialects has also brought about challenges. A novel form of translating Chinese foreign terms in The Joy Luck Club was invented in order to improve the representation of otherness. Since the publication of the first Chinese version of the novel, better results have been demonstrated in more recent retranslations of The Joy Luck Club. Fewer deletions and less mistranslation indicate an improvement in the latest retranslations in comparison to the older versions. On the basis of a result-oriented analysis, supported by data and real-time reading experience, this study discusses linguistic and non-linguistic factors in translating Chinese foreign terms in English in The Joy Luck Club into five Chinese and one Japanese version. Reflecting otherness can provide an accurate translation whereas the translator’s visibility can bring flexibility to the work on translation....

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Jutro je i muškarac u plavoj kućnoj haljini, kojega sada svi zovu Starac, skoro je sat vremena proveo uz kaveze hraneći kuniće. Iziđe u vrt, gdje se njegova supruga upravo brine o biljkama, i sagne se pokraj nje, pred svježe presađeni kaktus. Čuperak ravne i sive kose padne mu preko naočala. Prsti su mu prljavi te ga nevoljko pokuša ukloniti nadlanicom, ali čuperak iznova padne. Trebat ću posjetiti frizera, kaže, i neko vrijeme razgovaraju o tome. Oboje se slažu da je opasno izlaziti. Nisu prošla ni tri mjeseca od napada na kuću, i još uvijek su vidljive, na ciglenim zidovima spavaće sobe i na blindiranim kapcima na prozorima, lepeze rupa što su ih ostavili meci. Organizacija, čak i raštrkana, uspjela je u međuvremenu prikupiti novac da se vila osigura. Podignut je vanjski zid, izgrađeno sklonište s krovom od armiranog betona, drvena dvorišna vrata zamijenjena su čeličnima s alarmom, podignuta su tri nova tornjića za nadgledanje okolnih ulica. Štoviše, između tornjeva razvukli su bodljikavu žicu i elastičnu mrežu da odbija granate. Vlada ove vruće i egzotične zemlje, jedina koja ih je pristala primiti, posramljena napadom, utrostručila je broj stražara. Pa ipak, on zna da mu nema spasa. Ja sam vojnik, odgovorio je jednim novinama nema dugo, i primjećujem da su sve karte protiv mene. Zna i to da je jedino on ostao od izvorne skupine: sve su druge već sredili. Sam je, piše njegova supruga, i hodamo ovim tropskim vrtom okruženi duhovima prosviranih lubanja. Od kuće su sada napravili tvrđavu, istina, ali svaka je tvrđava ujedno i zatvor. Više ne mogu ni pomišljati na izlazak. Ne brini se, kaže supruga, ja ću to srediti: frizer će doći....

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