Future Insights

No. 2 - Year 9 - 06/2019

Editorial

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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From Homer’s Odyssey and Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe to Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, the sea has always featured prominently in Western literature. Stories of voyages over (or under) boundless oceans, tales of mutiny and piracy, of treasure and adventure, have all become an integral part of our literary tradition. And while it was frequently admired, the sea’s capricious nature and fathomless depths have often led to it being feared in equal measure. Compiled and edited by Mike Ashley, From the Depths and Other Strange Tales of the Sea is an anthology comprising fifteen lesser known stories taken from other collections and pulp magazines dating back to the early 20th century, which ably illustrates that period’s fascination with the sea, especially with its more fantastical and uncanny aspects.The collection opens strongly with an invitingly horrific, if somewhat traditional ghost ship story. Albert A. Wetjen’s “The Ship of Silence” draws heavily both from legends like the Flying Dutchman and real-world mysteries like the Mary Celeste. An abandoned ship’s fate is revealed through the frenzied screeching of a parrot, the ship’s sole survivor, as it repeats the words of the doomed crew in their final moments. Bearing more than a passing resemblance to many of H. P. Lovecraft’s stories, the horror here lies not so much in what is shown, but in what is left to the reader’s imagination. Morgan Robertson’s “From the Darkness and the Depths” continues in the same vein and also features a ship assailed by invisible terrors. It is one of a number of stories from the period which emphasize, and often overestimate, the power of science and its ability to combat forces unfathomable to the human mind....

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Taking as a reference one of the best-known works of science-fiction genre in general and the Soviet nauchnaya fantastika in particular, the novel Monday Begins on Saturday by the Strugatsky Brothers, the author attempts to investigate a special variant of the elaboration of the theme of beginning and end, which (especially in combination with the problems of space and time) seems to be a bizarre mixture of literary-cultural (including intertextual) and natural-scientific approaches to the subject and may be considered as the basic issue of the Strugatskys’ text. Single parts of the text, sequentially and in a multi-faceted connection with each other, develop the themes of internal and external space and time in their constitutive disturbances and infinity. The first part of the novel deals above all with the space outside of the Scientific Research Institute of Sorcery and Wizardry, as well as with the problem of the closure and (non-)transparency of diverse borders. The second so-called story focuses on the peculiarities of the internal spatial and temporal parameters of the institute, its physical and cultural-historical infinity as the main characteristics, and it culminates in the description of the absolute end as the collapse of the whole Universe. The third story is devoted to problems related to the general concept of time, the nature of its flow and the question of fundamental possibility of movement along the axis of this cosmological dimension. On the whole, the Strugatsky Brothers create an impression of some cultural-natural-scientific space-time without limits, or with those far beyond the directly specified place and time of the novel’s storyline....

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