Feminist Resistance

No. 1 - Year 10 - 12/2019

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Editorial

This issue of [sic] is devoted to consideration of feminist resistance as it manifests in diverse representations within popular culture. The inspiration for this 2019 issue is not a mystery. One must only glance at global headlines to see the evidence of feminist resistance: hashtag activism, protestors in the streets, calls for “equal” political representation. More nuanced is the investigation of the headline silences, the absence of gender where our curiosity prompts us to anticipate the rise of feminist resistance and the resistance toward feminism. The phrase itself – feminist resistance – is ambiguous. It is at once a burden and a possibility. Which feminism? Whose resistance? The contributors to this special issue ask pertinent questions about the interplay of gender, race, identity, and power in their intersectional analyses to engage these questions through literature, popular culture, and cultural historical investigations. ...

Literary Translation
Enric Cassasses, Radionica prevođenja poezije u Malom Pašmanu and Pau Sanchis Ferrer:

Izbor iz djela Enrica Casassesa (Barcelona, 1951.) kakav ovdje slijedi tek je jedna od mogućnosti. Uzmemo li u obzir da je riječ o autoru koji je objavio mnoštvo zbirki i nešto manje diskova s audio-zapisima svoje poezije, dvadesetak mahom kratkih pjesama ne čini se bogznašto. Tako bi bilo kada bi se poezija prodavala na vagu, kao riba na zadarskoj peškariji. Nasreću, ovdje se radi o riječima, riječima koje u primatelja izazivaju različite utiske i koje prenose brige i boli autora ili nekoga tko mu je jako sličan.U tom smislu, nužan bi bio izbor iz „9072 neepska stiha“ „brze pjesme“ Uh (1997.), čega ovdje nema. S druge strane, može dostajati tek jedan sonet iz zbirke Tots a casa al carrer (1992.), kao što je ovdje zastupljen tragični epilog. Dovoljna je čak i pjesma u prozi od dva reda iz zbirke A la panxa del poema en prosa que no hi neva ni hi plou (2013.), kadra uhvatiti trenutak tišine između sunca i mjeseca, vjetra i utihnulih ptica. Tišine tek napuknute ili prije svega napuknute ...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.10.lt.6
Literature and Culture
Marija Geiger Zeman, Zdenko Zeman and Mirela Holy:

Madonna has an iconic status in the global entertainment industry. Because of her ongoing reinvention, she has been in a focus of media and academia for more than three decades. Throughout her career, Madonna creates, combines, and presents complex and contradictory messages (van den Berg i ter Hoeven 2013). Contradictory receptions and polarized readings of Madonna's artistic and activist interventions concerning race, sexuality and gender identities are highlighted and are reflected in her messages about old age and aging. Since the 1980s, Madonna has drawn the attention of feminists and generated heated debate about whether she is a feminist or actually anti-feminist. The analysis shows that this pop icon is characterized by a specific sensibility that Rosalind Gill (2012) calls “postfeminist sensibility.” Madonna's experience of ageing and her narratives about ageing presented in media are defined by the fact that she is a white, heterosexual and privileged woman. Her recent public...

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Literature and Culture
Damir Španić, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Croatia:

For many years literary theorists considered that women writers of the Beat Generation were not worth mentioning. Being present and absent at the same time, these women remained invisible in popular as well as academic reviews in the Beat Generation literature until the nineties. Today, however, it is crystal clear that the literature of the Beats, even with its distinct misogynistic features, had strong influence on several generations of women writers and artists who have written and performed within the feminist frame. Here we will discuss the women of the Beat Generation who in the early sixties, as insiders within a seemingly male group, started expressing themselves within feminist discourses, through which they sought to free women from the socially imposed roles. The main weapon of the Beat Generation’s fight against globalization, conformism, and class inequalities was the freedom of mind, and this particular mind of beatniks was used by women Beat writers in order to question...

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Literature and Culture
Zsuzsanna Lénárt-Muszka, University of Debrecen, Hungary:

The paper reads the novel Dessa Rose (1986) by African American author Sherley Anne Williams, and focuses on the duality of motherhood as compounding and healing trauma at the same time. After placing the novel is its socio-cultural and literary context, I argue, relying on Black feminist and Afro-pessimistic theory, that the subversive potential of Williams’s novel lies in its claim that enslaved Black women are capable of healing through (re-)appropriating what is meant to dehumanize them: their stories, their bodies, their children, and their communities.Keywords: contemporary African American literature, Black women’s literature, slavery, motherhood studiesThe novel Dessa Rose (1986) by African American author Sherley Anne Williams interrogates the consequences of the extreme humiliation and almost total annihilation and torture of the Black female body. The eponymous protagonist, an enslaved woman, is denied agency and narrative authority, and is dehumanized by several people in h...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.10.lc.2
Literature and Culture
Meghan Hurley-Powell, Graceland University, USA:

Women writers use the feminist dystopian genre as a way to resist gender-based oppression in complex ways. To do so, women writers must first construct bleak worlds that subjugate their female characters before they can craft ways for these characters to resist. This article specifically examines Octavia Butler’s novel, Dawn, because the central female character finds ways to resist through working within the system in order to work against it. Even though she cannot overthrow the government or escape, she exercises substantial resistance through her body, voice, and intelligence. Butler ultimately demonstrates that women are able to resist from the margins in complex ways, which prompts real-world women readers to fight and resist gender-based oppression in their own societies. Keywords: feminism, Octavia Butler, science fiction, feminist dystopia, genderWomen writers have woven feminist resistance into the fabric of their novels for centuries to protest the misogynistic treatment and...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.10.lc.1
Literary Translation
Eley Williams and Lana Filipin:

Bila sam budna iz tri razloga. Prvi: živiš blizu podzemne, a ona se pripremala za svoje prvo dnevno putovanje. Drugi: ispred tvog prozora na drvetu je ptica i dere se na tvoju kuću. Ne znam kakva je to ptica, ni kakvo je to drvo. Treći: pčela, zarobljena pod čašom, od sinoć čeka da je oslobodiš. Namjera je očito postojala, da je preneseš niz stepenice ili pustiš kroz prozor, i zato je razglednica iz Beča ili Sankt Peterburga ili tako nekog mjesta završila pod čašom. Zapravo to uopće nije bila čaša, nego isprana teglica Nutelle i pčela je bila omamljena od cjelonoćnog buljenja u znamenitosti Beča ili Sankt Peterburga i gradskih duhova lješnjaka i šećera, zzzab-zzzab-zzzabijajući glavu o nevidljivi zid na tvom noćnom ormariću. Zarobljena ispod tvoje ruke, trepnula sam promatrajući je. Pčele vide UV svjetlost pa nas je sinoć vjerojatno doživjela kao neki nebulozni disko. Mahnito je mahala glavom, potvrđujući moju pomisao, tim svojim saćastim očima, zvjezdastim kaleidoskopima, dok se vani ...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.10.lt.2