Altered States

No. 1 - Year 8 - 12/2017

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Editorial

Non-thematic issues always represent a challenge, mostly premised on defining and constructing a subtle thread that would, at least apparently, unify all of the numerous submitted papers, thoughts and opinions about a variety of different subjects. Sometimes the final product, the metaphoric body of our journal, is a harmonious and perhaps even optimistic reading of cultural, social and literary phenomena, while on some other occasions the projected and articulated themes and ideas tend to be a bit harsher, stronger and more explicit in their nature. Such is the issue in front of you; in spite of the cheerful and celebratory time of the year, the segment dedicated to culture and literature is defined by the somewhat gloomy overtones of the presented ideas, merging silently with the foreboding shadows and the unfriendly figure insidiously dominating our cover. However, the articulated themes and analyses, while inclined toward the darker states and altered perceptions of reality, still form a rich tapestry of research and scrutiny, actively and significantly contributing to contemporary debates on the subjects at hand....

Literature and Culture
Hua Zhu, independent researcher, Japan:

The limitations of Chinese transcription and the domination of Chinese scripts in print cause a difficulty in reflecting the otherness of Chinese foreign terms in English. The discrepancy among Chinese dialects has also brought about challenges. A novel form of translating Chinese foreign terms in The Joy Luck Club was invented in order to improve the representation of otherness. Since the publication of the first Chinese version of the novel, better results have been demonstrated in more recent retranslations of The Joy Luck Club. Fewer deletions and less mistranslation indicate an improvement in the latest retranslations in comparison to the older versions. On the basis of a result-oriented analysis, supported by data and real-time reading experience, this study discusses linguistic and non-linguistic factors in translating Chinese foreign terms in English in The Joy Luck Club into five Chinese and one Japanese version. Reflecting otherness can provide an accurate translation whereas...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.8.lc.8
Catalan Poetry Translation Workshop
Nikola Vuletić and Tomislav Kuzmanović:

Radionica prevođenja katalonske poezije / Mali Pašman 2017.Dragi čitatelju,Pred tobom je plod rada grupe prevoditelja i dvoje katalonskih pjesnika koji su se sastali na radionici prevođenja katalonske poezije u svibnju 2017. godine na otoku Pašmanu. U temeljima priče ovoga, sada već dugogodišnjeg, prevodilačkog projekta, slobodno se može reći, stoji prvi katalonski lektor na Sveučilištu u Zadru, Pau Sanchis Ferrer, ujedno i pjesnik koji objavljuje pod pseudonimom Pau Sif. Pau je 2010. sudjelovao na 19. izdanju seminara prevođenja poezije u organizaciji Institució de les Lletres Catalanes, koji se tradicionalno održava u Farrera de Pallars, zabačenom mjestu u katalonskim Pirenejima. Tom su se prilikom na katalonski prevodile pjesme Marka Pogačara i Dinka Telećana. Potom je Pau predložio da se neka vrst uzvratnog susreta održi kod nas, u Hrvatskoj, u Zadru, u sličnim uvjetima. To se zbilo već u prosincu 2010, uz potporu različitih katalonskih institucija i našega Ministarstva kulture. Iz...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.8.cptw.1
Literature and Culture
Mario Tukerić, University of Zagreb, Croatia:

In this article we analyze the novel Waiting for the Barbarians, by the South African writer John Maxwell Coetzee. We read the novel from the perspective of some ethical insights of Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida, associating them with the emphasized domination of the political in the novel. In this unequal relationship, however, political domination gradually cedes place to the ethical doing, the beginning of which is marked by aporia, that is, by an attempt to reconcile two irreconcilable perspectives: that of loyalty to political authority and that of individual responsibility for the other human being. When the latter takes place, the main character – the unnamed Magistrate – becomes an ethical subject. But this is not an easy process, and in order for this to happen, he must experience physical pain and risk his own life. In doing so, he undergoes the journey from a position of political power to complete disempowering. However, taking responsibility for the other is a much ...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.8.lc.5
Literature and Culture
Artea Panajotović, Alfa BK University, Serbia:

The paper examines some of the Gothic features used in character development in William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! and Toni Morrison’s Beloved, and explores how the two novels complement each other to form a comprehensive picture of the American South around the Civil War. In the traditions of Gothic realism and postcolonial Gothic respectively, the authors describe the 19th-century South as populated with supernatural beings: demoniac slaveholders, monsters who try to fight oppression, zombies whose souls have been devoured by the oppressive system, ghosts and revenants who return to haunt their wrongdoers, and hybrids whose transgressive nature is feared by the oppressors and the oppressed alike.Keywords: American Gothic, American South, character development, slavery, hybrids, monsters, ghostsEven though, as Allan Lloyd Smith points out in his survey of the 19th-century American Gothic, American writers like James Fenimore Cooper and Nathaniel Hawthorne complained that the New Wor...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.8.lc.4
Literature and Culture
Emilia Musap, University of Zadar, Croatia:

This paper begins by offering a brief overview of the popular culture narrative Crimson Peak (2015), directed by Guillermo del Toro. The analysis focuses on the most compelling Gothic trope del Toro reintroduces, the proverbial mansion, simultaneously displaying Freud’s heimlich and unheimlich elements, oppressing and liberating its inhabitants. Since the narrative revolves around two female protagonists, Lucille Sharpe and Edith Cushing, the paper also refers to feminist socio-cultural perspectives on space, primarily Gillian Rose’s and Shelley Mallett’s, in order to understand the position of the two protagonists within the decidedly Gothic space. This paper aims to emphasize that Lucille’s liberation as the mistress of the house is illusory regardless of the fact that she is represented as the embodiment of domestic corruption. It is precisely because she is a sexually active woman and a disruptor of the patriarchal order that she must ultimately be punished. Even though del Toro su...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.8.lc.3
Literary Translation
Dulce Maria Cardoso and Ana Ille Horvat:

Princeze nikada ne umiru. Udaju se i žive sretno do kraja života. "Ideja će mi sinuti kad se najmanje budem nadala", kaže Alice, "uvijek je tako. Neću očajavati." Upravo sjedi na kauču držeći bilježnicu u rukama u koju je trenutak prije, velikim štampanim slovima na vrhu lista, upisala "ideje za Afonsov rođendan". Pažljivo je povukla pet strelica i svaku označila brojem. Poslije toga nije napisala više ništa. Ovo je već sedmi popis koji radi otkako je sjela. Pogleda uprta prema dnevnom boravku, oko kažiprsta lijeve ruke mota plamen jarkoplave kose, kao u lutke."Kako se to smišlja neka ideja", upita se šapatom koji je uvježbala još u mladosti, "kako?"

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.8.lt.6