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. ...

Literary Translation
Marina Tsvetaeva and Mary Jane White:

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DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.9.lt.4
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
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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
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Roman Bobryk, Siedlce University of Natural Science and Humanities, Poland:

Most cultures mythologize their "beginnings." At the same time, there seems to be no culture or artistic formation to mention its "end." The only issue that is discussed is the end of the others. The end as such is also often strongly mythologized and takes an apocalyptic form. However, in Wisława Szymborska’s poetry we can see the "end" being clearly demythologized (both in its common sense and in the individual one – as the end of one’s life). In her poems, every "end" is simultaneously the "beginning" of something new. In the individual sense, this demythologization takes the form of juxtaposing the insignificance of human existence with the vastness of the world. Consequently, the death of a man does not mean the end of the world.Keywords: Szymborska Wislawa, Polish poety of 20th century, demythologizingUpotreba kategorija početka i kraja jedan je od simptoma doživljavanja svijeta kao nečega što je moguće izmjeriti. Same kategorije početka i kraja dobivaju u kulturi dva različita o...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.9.pub.6
Literary Translation
Alisa Velaj and Arben P. Latifi:

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.9.lt.6
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Stefano Aloe, University of Verona, Italy:

The active function of monuments is one of the numerous core beliefs of the Russian society both during and after the Soviet era. In the Russian urban space, several monuments keep on rising and still attract an inextinguishable attention towards their symbolic meaning. This situation could lead to a suffocating idea of culture. In a country, the “monumentalization” of its heroes from a past culture, with its characteristic plastic rhetoric, tends to oversimplify the models of the collective memory and opts for static postures, “frozen-up” in a cultural canon. Within this research field, Russian antiquity deserves specific attention, due to the fact that contemporary literature takes a considerable role in redefining its features. The paper will cover some of the most original works that stand out from this literary trend, such as Tatyana Tolstaya’s novel The Slynx, Boris Akunin’s Altyn-Tolobas, and Evgeny Vodolazkin’s Laurus.Keywords: monuments, monumentalization, ancient Russian cult...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.9.pub.7