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
Ana Gospić Županović, University of Zadar, Croatia:

The paper aims to emphasize and display the importance of the pedagogical, explorative and theoretical work of Stanislavsky in the fields of the pedagogy and ethics of the art of acting and how these influenced the development of features and the establishment of the basic principles of Grotowsky's director/pedagogical work in his various artistic and researching periods. As well as essential historic-biographic correlation, the points of contact and the links in their work are established with particular emphasis on the crucial link manifested in the researched importance and in the development of the so-called method of physical actions which Grotowsky assumed from Stanislavsky but further developed in his own direction. By contrasting the basic principles of their work in the field of the method of physical actions, the crucial theoretical and practical differences between the two authors emerge. These differences are primarily evident in the apprehension of the basic preferences of...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.7.lc.5
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
Lina Wolff and Željka Černok:

Jednom sam upoznala pisca koji je rekao da više ne može podnijeti biti pisac. Bilo je to na zabavi u Madridu i ne sjećam se kako sam tamo završila, ali zabava je bila u Ulici Ventura de la Vega pa pretpostavljam da me netko koga sam upoznala te noći odveo tamo (moji prijatelji, ako sam ih uopće imala, živjeli su na sasvim drugim mjestima). Ako si pravi pisac, ne možeš samo tako prestati pisati, rekla sam. Moram, odgovorio je. Zato što se bojim da naginjem ludilu, a onih dana kad ne naginjem ludilu naginjem nečemu još gorem. Čemu?, upitala sam. Rekao je da ne zna, ali da mora misliti na ženu i dijete i da se, što se ludila tiče, slaže s Robertom Bolanom, da je zarazno. U to vrijeme nisam puno izlazila. Tek sam se udala i loše sam govorila španjolski, sin je bio samo godinu dana star i sve sam vrijeme provodila kod kuće, osim, katkad, kad bi mi se muž vratio s puta, spustio torbe u predsoblju i pogledao me dok sam sjedila na kauču nakon cijelog dana buljenja u sapunice. Mora da sam izgle...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.7.lt.2
Literature and Culture
Emilia Musap, University of Zadar, Croatia:

Horror: A Literary History, edited by Xavier Aldana Reyes, is divided into seven chapters which function as separate essays that can be read without having specific knowledge about the horror genre. If read systematically, the book presents an anthological review which establishes the continuity of the genre from 1764 to the early twenty-first century. Even though it privileges theory over textual analysis, the book can be used to elucidate numerous cultural productions and developments that have influenced the simultaneous evolution and devolution of horror by offering a precise insight into the continual interaction of social and literary spheres. Horror: A Literary History is valuable precisely because it questions the devalorizing stances towards the horror genre by acknowledging the importance of various writers who have contributed to the evolution of American and British literature but have often been marginalized because of their tendencies to transgress into the horror genre.

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.7.lc.9
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
Ritika Singh, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India:

This paper examines how short-short stories published on social media platforms such asFacebook and Twitter experiment with brevity. It examines the use of devices such as planned spaces between words, colors, and enjambments, a genre called twitter fiction, to deliver the literary after-taste of ‘byte-sized’ fiction. What are the ramifications, requirements, and results of this form of brevity? Since the works are written and published on/for the digital media, what other aids supplement the reading process, if any? What forms of innovation does this conciseness allow? Two platforms of reading and writing short-short stories (of 140 characters or less) will be used to examine these questions: Terribly Tiny Tales on Facebook and Very Short Story (@veryshortstory)on Twitter. Keywords: digital humanities, twitter fiction, brevity, short story, technology, social mediaThe six-word story by Ernest Hemingway, written in the 1920s, can be seen as an exemplary precursor to the recent burgeoni...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.7.lc.7