Future Insights

No. 2 - Year 9 - 06/2019

University of Zadar | ISSN 1847-7755 | SIC.JOURNAL.CONTACT@GMAIL.COM


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. ...

Literature and Culture
Korana Serdarević, unattached, Croatia:

The latest tendencies in the modernization of teaching literature stress the development of students’ critical thinking as one of the main learning outcomes of the educational process. Based on this premise, the article demonstrates the applicability of the imagological approach which can, through guided critical reading of the canonical text, reveal another layer of the so-called non-canonical interpretation and point towards the deconstruction of cultural stereotypes embedded in the literary text. The teaching method will be demonstrated via close reading of the image of Roma people in the novella Tena by Josip Kozarac, where minority stereotyping takes on the form of discriminatory discourse in narration. Apart from developing critical thinking skills, a similar approach to a literary text in class offers the possibility of a comparative method, supported by the fact that the same mirage of Roma community drawn from a canonical work of Croatian Realism can be compared to the images ...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.9.lc.3
Literature and Culture
Dejan Durić and Željka Matijašević:

The article analyzes the concept of intensity promoted in late capitalism, and its difference from the teleological intensity of the countercultural sixties. Intensity is approached through psychoanalytic lenses as related to Freud’s drive theory, and to Lacan’s concept of jouissance. Counter-depressive intensity persists today devoid of any meaning, as it is a self-legitimating strategy of the most perfect and best conformed capitalist subject. The notion of the culture of intensity covers the natural privileging of late capitalism towards ‘the good intense.’ This paper analyzes its reverse: ‘the bad intense,’ and the tragedy of dysphoria. The movie Shame (2011), directed by Steve McQueen, is interpreted as an example of the transformation of the countercultural value of sexuality in the sixties to its mere reduction to both intense and numbing experience. Keywords: intensity, Eros, death drive, jouissance, euphoria, countercultureThis paper analyzes the concept of intensity promoted ...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.9.lc.1
Literature and Culture
Tomislav Denegri, University of Zadar, Croatia:

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 Sil...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.9.lc.5
Literature and Culture
Zlatko Bukač, University of Zadar, Croatia:

In an age when social media dominate everyday lives of many people across the globe and with the rise of VR games, Netflix, fake news, and 3D printers, it is evident that (digital) technology has become an integral part of everyday life. Online games make new spaces of communication and cooperation that cross the seemingly established borders of nation-states, discussions about online and offline communities gain more prominence each year, and social networks have brought to the fore many scholarly works dealing with various questions about identity, culture, and identification. In this context, a comprehensive guide on or overview of how we could approach these issues in the academic context was scarce. Grant Bollmer’s book titled Theorizing Digital Cultures provides a way of approaching these, somewhat new issues, providing specific tools, i.e. terms and concepts that could help many future researchers of digital culture. What makes this work even more important is the fact that it i...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.9.lc.4
Literary Translation
Rosa Liksom and Boris Vidović:

Između gradskog centra i konačišta prostirala se velika močvara. Hladnoća pristigla s Atlantskog oceana u veljači ju je smrznula i pretvorila u veliko svjetlucavo polje. Žena je hodala prema konačištu. Bila je odjevena u krzneni kaput, nosila je visoke kožne čizme, a lice joj je izgledalo ljutito. Na nebu, između tamnoplavih oblaka, vijugavi trag mlaznog aviona. Pored grmlja žena je malo usporila. Nešto ju je žacnulo u srcu i ona se prisjetila nečeg vrlo davnog. Bilo je to sredinom ljeta, debeli, zeleni travnati tepih i cvilež svinje u rukama koljača. Žena je uspjela locirati sjećanje. To se dogodilo na drugom mjestu, u drugoj zemlji, i bilo je stvarno. Lice joj je postalo tužno. Gurnula je ruku duboko u džep kaputa i osjetila kako joj se hladnoća diže iz utrobe prema kosi.Čovjek u žbunju zaustavio je dah i čekao da žena stigne do točno određenog mjesta. U očima mu se zrcalio uplašen pogled, a žile su mu nabrekle na sljepoočnicama. U tišini je pričekao još trenutak-dva te je s leđa zas...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.9.lt.3
Future Insights
Jasmina Vojvodić, University of Zagreb, Croatia:

Proučavajući pojam neomita, kao suvremene inačice mitoloških koncepata u književnosti i kulturi, nametnula su se brojna pitanja. Zara Minc u svom je tekstu iz 1979. godine upozoravala na neomitološke romane ruskih simbolista, kada svijet umjetničkog teksta počinje sličiti mitu (Minc), a istaknuti proučavatelj mita Eleazar Meletinskij ukazao je na važnost novog mita u europskoj književnosti, misleći pritom na romane F. Kafke, J. Joycea, T. Manna i dr., jer proces mitologizacije nastaje kao posljedica razočaranja u ranije umjetničke, znanstvene i druge koncepte, ponajviše pozitivističke (Meletinskij). Vadim Rudnev u Rječniku kulture 20. stoljeća uvodi termin „neomitološke svijesti” kao glavne okosnice kulturnog mentaliteta novijeg doba. Neomitologizam je nastao kao reakcija na pozitivističku svijest 19. stoljeća, pa je gotovo sva književnost 20. stoljeća povezana s mitom, jer bježeći od racionalnog i znanstvenog (logos), stremi iracionalnom (mitos). Suvremena se književnost s jedne stran...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.9.pub.1