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
Literary Translation
Alisa Velaj and Arben P. Latifi:

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.9.lt.6
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Hans Günther, University of Bielefeld, Germany:

In the center of our attention is the postapocalyptic situation in Andrei Platonov´s novel Chevengur, which is characterized by the absence of labor. This fact does not give evidence of the paradise for which the chiliasts strove but turns out to be one of the main reasons of its self-destruction. The author´s argumentation is built on the confrontation of the beginning and the end of the novel. In both cases, labor is represented in an unusually strange way. But in fact, there is a principal difference between these two representations of labor. In the first case, we are dealing with the rising line of the transition from peasant’s craft to proletarian labor, whereas the development of the “economy” of Chevengur is shown as a process of decline.Keywords: post/apocalyptic, chiliasm, laborU literaturi o romanu Čevengur (1926. – 1928.) nerijetko se spominju dva termina – apokalipsa i hilijazam (ili milenarizam). Apokalipsa je općenitiji termin koji označava eshatološku predodžbu kraja sv...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.9.pub.2
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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
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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
Literary Translation
Xavier Farré and Grupa prevoditelja:

Radionica prevođenja poezije na Pašmanu(Punt rere punt, 2014.Tragom jednog eseja Drage Jančara(La disfressa dels arbres, 2008.)(Inventari de fronteres, 2006.)(Punt rere punt, 2014.)(Punt rere punt, 2014.)(La disfressa dels arbres, 2008.)Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen(Neobjavljena)Emily Dickinson(Punt rere punt, 2014.)(Inventari de fronteres, 2006.)(Inventari de fronteres, 2006.)

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.9.lt.1