Future Insights

Broj 2 - Godina 9 - 06/2019

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The articles presented in the 18th issue of [sic] discuss, in broad terms, the ways in which literary and cultural phenomena manage to transcend the temporal and spatial framework into which they were born. They thus provide understandings and intuitions with continuing relevance, and their impact extends – regardless of when they were created – well into the future. In the opening article, Dejan Durić and Željka Matijašević analyze the concept of intensity through psychoanalytic lenses, as it evolves from the 1960s counterculture toward the present-day forms of capitalism. Krešimir Vuković delves into the imagery of classical literature and explores what insights Homer, Hesiod, and Callimachus offered for future authors. Finally, Korana Serdarević turns toward teaching methodology and tackles the issue of whether 19th century literature can help shape the views of today’s (and tomorrow’s) society. ..

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Bila jednom jedna problematična mlada žena koju su vlastiti roditelji zvali običnom pizdom. Drugi su je zvali drugim imenima, no budući da su je njezini roditelji veoma voljeli, dovoljno je bilo da je zovu običnom pizdom. I zato što su je veoma voljeli, nisu je izbacili iz kuće čak ni kad je neprestano krala njihove kreditne kartice, slupala majčin auto, poderala očevu odjeću, govorila im da su jebeni naborani kreteni i inače se ponašala kao, ono, obična pizda. Ali, budući da su je veoma voljeli, poduzeli su sve da joj pomognu i čak se odvažili odvesti je psihijatru. „Zavist zbog penisa”, rekao je psihijatar, „bez daljnjega. Vidio sam to već puno puta. Sve mlade žene njezine dobi boluju od toga čak i ako to ne priznaju. A samo zato što to ne priznaju, ne znači da od toga ne boluju. Ništa što pošten muškarac i malo poštenog bambusanja ne bi mogli izliječiti.”Zato što su je voljeli i zato što su debelo plaćali psihijatra, pustili su je da luduje po gradu s koliko je god novaca htjela, da ide u najbolje noćne klubove i odsjeda u najboljim hotelima. Nije da joj je trebao poticaj ili savjet oko toga kamo da ide. Ali bilo je lijepo što je to mogla učiniti uz dopuštenje roditelja (i psihijatra). ...

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The article analyzes the concept of intensity promoted in late capitalism, and its difference from the teleological intensity of the countercultural sixties. Intensity is approached through psychoanalytic lenses as related to Freud’s drive theory, and to Lacan’s concept of jouissance. Counter-depressive intensity persists today devoid of any meaning, as it is a self-legitimating strategy of the most perfect and best conformed capitalist subject. The notion of the culture of intensity covers the natural privileging of late capitalism towards ‘the good intense.’ This paper analyzes its reverse: ‘the bad intense,’ and the tragedy of dysphoria. The movie Shame (2011), directed by Steve McQueen, is interpreted as an example of the transformation of the countercultural value of sexuality in the sixties to its mere reduction to both intense and numbing experience. Keywords: intensity, Eros, death drive, jouissance, euphoria, countercultureThis paper analyzes the concept of intensity promoted in late capitalism as the only life worthy of living. Immoderation, extreme experiences, intensity gone astray and energy gone awry, living your life to the full, transgressing the borders which previously separated life and death, have been inherited from the countercultural sixties. Yet, the moment in which the mainstream culture adopted intensity, it itself lost all of its revolutionary and countercultural potential. Counter-depression, the denial of depression, and (hypo)mania seem to be operating in the mainstream discourse as late capitalism defences. What is the main difference between the still teleological intensity of the sixties and the intensity in the 21st century? How does the famous trio “sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll” fare in the first decades of this millennium?...

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The active function of monuments is one of the numerous core beliefs of the Russian society both during and after the Soviet era. In the Russian urban space, several monuments keep on rising and still attract an inextinguishable attention towards their symbolic meaning. This situation could lead to a suffocating idea of culture. In a country, the “monumentalization” of its heroes from a past culture, with its characteristic plastic rhetoric, tends to oversimplify the models of the collective memory and opts for static postures, “frozen-up” in a cultural canon. Within this research field, Russian antiquity deserves specific attention, due to the fact that contemporary literature takes a considerable role in redefining its features. The paper will cover some of the most original works that stand out from this literary trend, such as Tatyana Tolstaya’s novel The Slynx, Boris Akunin’s Altyn-Tolobas, and Evgeny Vodolazkin’s Laurus.Keywords: monuments, monumentalization, ancient Russian culture, collective memory, national canon, Tatyana Tolstaya, Boris Akunin, Evgeny Vodolazkin...

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