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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12when traveling to Saint Isidore3behead the enemy without faltering4his offspringeven in his divinity5The witches convenethe over fifty-inch distance across67where only the eyes can be seen8to isolation at Quinta del Sordoand perhaps, with the precious Leocadia9The shadows could not leave him10that created the fourteen picturesWhat the paintbrushes insisted onfrom everyone11from the same book appears not to have time1213The hands were tiedClotho, Lachesis, Atropos14

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Sjedili smo na kamenoj klupi šivajući pretpostavke: sad lančić istina sad lančić laži, mogućnost da se međusobno razumijemo i euharistijsku tajnu puti što je tvoja kad mi se udaljuješ. To nam je postalo pukim pitanjem perspektive, bol. Kretali smo se oprezno kao ptica dvojbe, motrilo nas je opčinjavajuće oko samostrela. Više nismo shvaćali, samo smo ponavljali imena geparda, isijavanja brazgotine srčanih klijetki i dosadni krmelj glagola: istančani šav kože što nas dijeli od kamenja. Prožvakali smo gustu tišinu poput sjećanja na jutarnju maglu djetinjstva; odlazio si polako poput stada ovaca u smjeru vode i postao si šuma. Od tolike šutnje naučili smo govoriti ludilom praznine, i smisao nam je postao puka školska navada: ljubaznost ruku, s vremena na vrijeme, da bi se prebrisala divljačnost rase. Tako nestaje vrsta, vid naše janjeće ljubavi. Bila je to grčevita borba da se zaustave strojevi, da se razumijemo, govor kosilica i amfora teška trbuhu što preko oka nam usisava svu svjetlost stoljeća: krstili smo je kao slobodu. Potom smo se zakotrljali bijesni godinama, zgrabili smo se tako da su nam se prsti međusobno usjekli pod rebra, ali otajstvo zvijeri nas je ščepalo i mi smo vrisnuli toliko jako da je sve oko nas zapjevalo tankim glasom, a mi oglušismo. A to bje jer sam u ušima grijala jaje: milovala sam ga ustrajno u kosi prstima plahima od ljubavi, ali nam se sasušilo poput djece u ratu, i konačno, od tolikoga dodirivanja usahnulo. ...

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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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