Between the Acts

No. 1 - Year 7 - 12/2016

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Editorial

The papers collected within this entr'acte issue use different perspectives and standpoints to explore what happens between the acts – regardless of whether these are acts of a play, acts of speech or some other kind of social intercourse, or – broadly speaking – various acts/actions/activities that pertain to fictional worlds. It could arguably be expected that between the acts there is nothing of significance – utter silence and empty rows of seats in a theatre hall – or some form of light entertainment at best. These spatiotemporal lacunae, vacancies left gaping for however short a time, still possess the power, as all the papers in this issue seem to indicate, to construct and project new meanings of their own, or at the very least create potential for re-interpreting the adjacent ideas and contents, as well as exploring the problems of context, causality and sequence. ...

Literature and Culture
Stipe Grgas, University of Zagreb, Croatia:

The article begins with a brief discussion of what the author judges to be an overproduction of publications in literary studies. He offers an explanation of this development and contends that the causes are endemic to the humanities. Two causes of this overproduction are particularly pertinent for his reading of Melville: firstly, the constant change of interpretative paradigms and, secondly, the striving of the humanities to reflect upon the contemporary moment. The departure point of the reading is the spatial turn and the author's contention that this geographical knowledge has failed to address the sea. Elaborating on this contention, the author foregrounds the need for a maritime criticism and proceeds to read Moby Dick by excavating the manner in which Melville represents and thinks of the sea. On the basis of this evidence, the author argues that in Moby Dick, Melville offers a meontological thinking of the sea. Consequentially, the author argues that this meontology has a bear...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.7.lc.1
Literature and Culture
Melina Nikolić, Alfa BK University, Serbia:

The present research attempts to highlight the functions of silence in confrontational discourse in television interviews within the framework of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) and Conversation Analysis (CA). The research starts with the hypothesis that silence can be used for expressing power in discourse. Since silence represents an element of discontinuity in speech, it occurs relatively rarely in confrontational discourse, which is characterized by continuous flow of speech and a quick turn-taking system. However, when it does occur, it is particularly obvious and can represent either an expression of power or absence of power. The research focuses on pauses and gaps, analyzes their functions of power, and is conducted as a contrastive analysis between English and Serbian. The results obtained show that both in the English and Serbian corpora, silence in confrontational discourse can indeed be a means for expressing power, but also a sign that the speaker is in an unfavourable p...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.7.lc.6
Literature and Culture
Matija Ivačić, University of Zagreb, Croatia:

After an entire decade (1948-1957) of being strictly forbidden and anathematized, Czech crime fiction gained sway in the post-February literary life at the end of the fifties. There were several impulses that led to this occurrence: (1) fatigue of the constructive novel as a representative prose genre of the first half of the fifties, (2) the Moscow conference on Sci-Fi and crime fiction in July of 1958, and (3) a series of essays, Marsyas of the US, published in the beginning of 1958 by L. Dorůžka, F. Jungwirth and J.Škvorecký in Světová literatura revue. In addition to that, works of Czech literary classic writer Karel Čapek carried imense importance in the process of affirmation of crime fiction in the period 1958-1969, which can also be seen in the works of writers and literary critics of liberal (pro-western) orientation. This article analyzes Čapek's contribution to the “Rennaissance” of Czech crime fiction on two different levels. The first level is a review of connections betwe...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.7.lc.4
Literary Translation
Andrea Grill and Romana Perečinec:

meke donje strane tvoga jezika

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.7.lt.5
Literary Translation
Manfred Kyber and Sanja Matković:

Između ponoći i jednog sata oživi sve ono za što glupi ljudi vjeruju da oživjeti ne može. Ali zaista, mnogobrojne stvari koje inače samo ukočeno i mirno leže, kao da ne mogu reći ni „dobar dan“, sve one u to vrijeme ožive. I ne brinu mnogo o tome vjeruju li glupi ljudi u to ili ne. Tako i u tom starom gradiću oživje sve kada sat sa zvonika crkve Presvete Djevice Marije s dvanaest muklih, teških udaraca otkuca ponoć. Kamenje na pločniku počelo je razgovarati s vlatima trave koja je među njim rasla i pitalo je koliko još misli ostati. Zabati i erkeri kuća u uskim zamršenim uličicama kimali su jedni drugima, a ulične svjetiljke žalile su se na vjetar; prehladile su se jer on tako bezobzirno mijenja smjer.Također oživje sve i u starom vinskom podrumu staroga gradića. Mnogobrojne bačve koje stajahu jedne pokraj drugih, velike i male, zijevnuše i protegnuše se i ispružiše se, a kad bi jedna drugu pritom gurnula, rekla bi: „Oh, tisuću puta oprostite!“ Jer bačve su vrlo pristojne i znaju se li...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.7.lt.3
Literature and Culture
Fariba NoorBakhsh and Fazel Asadi Amjad:

Critics have widely explored John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Graham Swift’s Waterland, and A. S. Byatt’s Possession. These novels are generally treated as outstanding historiographic metafictions since they self-consciously adopt the notion of history and simultaneously problematize historical understanding. For Hayden White, the historian is inevitably impositional and every narrativized history is relative. Following White, Linda Hutcheon defines postmodern historical fiction as the type of fiction that self-reflexively and paradoxically makes use of the notion of history and simultaneously denies its truthfulness. The present article attempts to analyze, compare, and contrast John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Graham Swift’s Waterland and A. S. Byatt’s Possession: A Romance in light of the theories of White and Hutcheon to show that in spite of problematization of the possibility of recovering the past as it actually was, these novels treat the concept of histor...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.7.lc.2