The Anatomy of Love

No. 2 - Year 7 - 06/2017

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Editorial

In All About Love: New Visions, bell hooks observes that we are constantly exposed to messages telling us that the workings of love are mysterious and its agency unfathomable; that love is, in other words, only invaluable if it remains unexplained and unknowable. hooks argues that knowledge is a crucial element of love and that understanding its forces does not detract from its importance and value; on the contrary, it enriches the experience of love. More recently, Alain Badiou has in In Praise of Love similarly claimed that love is a ‘truth procedure,’ the kind of experience through which the truth about Two is constructed....

Literary Translation
Chika Unigwe and Lana Filipin:

To je jedan od razloga zašto ne voli kupovati u ovo doba godine – previše ljudi. Ruke su joj pune i kad se sjeti kako je bilo teško odabrati, pomisli: tiranija izbora. Ne točno tim riječima, naravno, jer ovih joj je dana teško pronaći potrebne riječi. Sve dolazi iz nutrine. Osjeća što misli iako to ne može artikulirati. Da je barem hobotnica! Dobro bi mi došao još koji par ruku, pomisli, boreći se da jednom zadrži golem trkaći auto dok drugom podiže plastičnu vrećicu s transformerom koja joj je nekako iskliznula iz ruku. Nespretna. To bi Gunter promrmljao. Nespretna si, Oge. Nespretna. Cokćući jezikom i odmahujući glavom poput oca koji kori dijete. Mrzi kad tako razgovara s njom. Kao da mu je dijete, a ne žena. Kad to radi, nju počne žariti u grlu pa kaže neke stvari pa on kaže neke stvari pa oboje utihnu. No žarenje u grlu još dugo ne posustaje. Boli kao da joj netko trlja sol u ranu. Čir na grlu. Zadivljena je čudom riječi koja je iskrsnula. Niotkud. No takva je narav čuda, zar ne? D...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.7.lt.4
Literature and Culture
Justine Shu- Ting Kao, Tamkang University, Taiwan:

In Nabokov’s Lolita, Humbert Humbert’s The Enchanted Hunters, as a quest for love, aims to reconstruct a felicitous world or integrate various fragmentary details into an organic unity that revives a lost love, experiencing it on the basis of irony, and revealing a simulation of the desire, violence, and despondency which have been expressed in myths of nymphs and Persephone. The protagonist never reaches this unity, but his narrative of erotic and romantic love reveals him as a pathetic addict engaged in mechanical reproduction related to the phenomena of desire, seduction, violence, and sex. His The Enchanted Hunters does not simulate what he expects of his childhood love with Annabel; rather, it simulates the erotic imagination suggested in Mary D. Sheriff’s term “nymphomania,” in which artists fall degenerately to a model of tragedy. Keywords: simulation, nymph, nymphomania, The Enchanted Hunters The Enchanted Hunters in Nabokov’s Lolita refers to the name of a hotel and the title ...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.7.lc.3
Literature and Culture
Ioana Unk, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania:

This article aims to give a psychological interpretation to Alain de Botton’s novels On Love and The Course of Love, doubling the philosophical take on love that runs in the background of the novels. Robert Sternberg’s triangular theory of love will be applied to de Botton’s two novels, in an attempt to reach an understanding of love by means of psychological deconstruction, following the dynamic of the three components of the love triangle: passion, intimacy and decision \ commitment. References will also be made to Sternberg’s complementary theories on love, i.e. the theory that conceptualizes love as a story and the theory of love as a socio-cultural artefact.Key words: love, psychology, triangular theory, love story, cultureAlain de Botton’s book On Love, presented to the readers as a novel telling the love story of Chloe and the narrator, is a full-circle account that unfolds between two plane flights: on the first flight, from Paris to London, the two future lovers are seated one...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.7.lc.2
Literary Translation
DBC Pierre and Anita Ćutić:

Taj mi je tip htio pokazati nešto tajno. Nešto zapanjujuće. Prema onome što mi je rekao, bio je to još neotkriven temelj kršćanstva. Tisućljećima najstrože čuvana tajna Crkve, as iz rukava koji još nije odigrala. Zaintrigiralo me. Odveo me u svojevrstan sanktuarij, koji je smrdio po vlazi, pa iz ormara s velikim ladicama stao vaditi relikvije u obliku čvrsto smotanih, požutjelih svežnjeva. Zatim ih je poslagao jedan pokraj drugog, kad gle – iz njih iziđe Djevica Marija. Moram priznati da me zapanjilo. Dogovorili smo spoj, našli se i prošetali po suncu i hladovini. Bila je ljubazna, nismo baš ćaskali, nego se više povezivali pomoću nasumičnih riječi koje su nas tjerale da se smješkamo i pogledavamo jedno drugo. Ali ono što me se najviše dojmilo: ona uopće nije bila povijesna ličnost, nije bila sveta, ni pobožna, ni odjevena u halju! Bila je obična djevojka. Nije se bojala i rado se smijala. Razumjeli smo se. Dok je hodala, donji dio leđa blago bi joj se izvio u nježan luk, i bila je lij...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.7.lt.1
Literature and Culture
Antonio Sanna, independent researcher, Italy:

Dead but not Forgotten is a collection of short stories about the characters presented in the thirteen Sookie Stackhouse novels published by Charlaine Harris between 2001 and 2013. The fifteen short stories were not written by Harris herself, but by a series of novelists and best-selling authors. The tales are compelling and their plots are as suspenseful as the original novels by Harris, whose contents they are consistent with. Indeed, the characters are faithful to the spirit of Harris' books and their adventures are a (super)natural and logical continuation or anticipation of what occurs to them in Harris' fictional universe. The stories are indeed set in different time periods: they fill the gaps between the novels or they either precede or follow the facts narrated in Harris' books. Jeffrey J. Mariotte's “Taproot,” for example, focuses on a case assigned to Detective Andy Bellefleur during Sookie's sojourn in Dallas in the second novel. “Nobody's Business,” written by Rachel Caine...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.7.lc.7
Literature and Culture
Anders Johansson, Mid-Sweden University, Sweden:

Love has traditionally been understood either as an objective, transcendentforce, or a subjective ability. Through a number of steps,the article argues that both these options have lost their credibility due to changes in the media through which love is performed. First, the article demonstrates how the attempts,in the life sciences, to explain love biologically or physically reproduce a traditional romantic ideology. Then, the implications of the inflation of explicit love declarations, and the consequences of internet dating, are discussed. What these examples amount to is the fact that the medium is brought to the fore. A consequence of this is that the romantic ideology is strengthened, while the premises of romantic love – the autonomous subject and the transcendent objectivity – are weakened or even dissolved.Keywords:idealism, materialism, narcissism, subjectivity, reification,internet dating, controlJennifer Lopez, Haddaway, Howard Jones – yes, virtually every singer, author,or...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.7.lc.1