Future Insights

No. 2 - Year 9 - 06/2019

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

Editorial

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
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
Literary Translation
Alisa Velaj and Arben P. Latifi:

A Projection Perhaps, fall won’t be any more your visiting season; you might be seeking different sky within yourself. My love, you now resemble a nocturnal flower, spreading wildly away from your sustaining soil. I have nothing else to do this September, but to watch and wait in the woods at twilight for that ghost season to hopefully flash by all of a sudden... Land of Storms There’s an inherent longing in fall showers, my dear, an unspoken word, like these undischarged clouds. Like fugitives out speeding sounds, we often migrate through azures, forgetting that you simply loving me, forgetting that me simply loving you, is no novelty but an ancient ritual, like the run of time from one season to another. I ought to embrace you and love; you ought to be aflame for love, me, and us both, same as these boundless skies embrace themselves in front of any surprise that nature sows... You will then realize what longing means, how risk-free this land of storms is we will then realize... Toni...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.9.lt.6
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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Riccardo Nicolosi, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany:

The article focuses on a little-known text of the early 20th-century Russian Literature, The Earthly Paradise, or a Winter Night's Dream. Tales from the 27th Century (1903) by Konstantin S. Merezhkovsky, biologist and elder brother of the symbolist writer Dmitry Merezhkovsky. The Earthly Paradise is one of the most radical eugenic utopias of the future written around 1900 since it stages a radical post-humanistic concept – a new beginning of mankind through eugenics. Keywords: utopia, eugenics, biopoliticsU radu je je riječ o slabo poznatom tekstu ruske književnosti s početka 20. stoljeća, naziva Raj zemaljski, ili San zimske noći. Bajka utopija 27. stoljeća (Raj zemnoj, ili son v zimnjuju noč'. Skazka-utopija XXVII veka, Merežkovskij). Knjiga je izdana 1903. godine u Berlinu na ruskom i njemačkom jeziku. Autor romana je biolog Konstantin Sergeevič Merežkovskij, poznatiji kao teoretičar evolucijske teorije simbiogeneze i stariji brat ruskog simbolista Dmitrija Merežkovskog (Zolotonosov...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.9.pub.3
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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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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