Shifting Discourses

No. 1 - Year 13 - 12/2022

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Editorial

With this issue, [sic] examines the frequently unpredictable ways of discourses and unplanned courses they might take, with constant awareness of the different meanings of the very concept of discourse – in linguistics, narrative theory, philosophy, cultural studies. Accordingly, the selected articles are varied in topics they deal with, but they all play with this initial idea. Analyzing Major Pronin stories by Lev Ovalov, Maja Pandžić presents shifts between the mythic, popular, and social, which all converge in the specificities of Ovalov’s text. Ana Gospić Županović examines an art project by Mark Požlep, which in the form of a musical tour moves across borders, discourses, and genres. Duško Petrović offers insights into sovereignty discourse and its changes in the contemporary world. Inspired by Foucault’s theoretical considerations, Danijela Paska analyzes shifts brought upon the mental health discourse by neoliberalism and self-management, referring to the articulation of public policies in Croatia. Finally, analyzing Hariprabha Takeda’s travelogues and memoires, Lipika Kankaria and Sutanuka Banerjee’s article deals with pan-Asian discourse and the role that travel, an act of real physical shifting between different places, played in its construction. This issue also features reviews of two recent publications, Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida’s Luanda, Lisboa, Paraíso (by Helena Glavaš) and Aidan O’Malley’s Irska književnost i kultura, 1600–2000: Stvaralaštvo na jeziku kolonizatora (by Vesna Ukić Košta). ...

Literature and Culture
Ana Gospić Županović, University of Zadar, Croatia:

The paper adopts a transmedial and multidisciplinary perspective to present and analyze the project Stranger than Paradise by Slovenian artist Mark Požlep, which ran from 2014 to 2016, covering the initial concept, its execution, and the subsequent presentations in various media: exhibitions and performances. The documentary material presented at the exhibition as a documentation of the original event is compared with the later performance of the same name with different collaborators working on the production. The paper focuses on the issue of hybrid genres in contemporary performance practices and examines how the performance of this play contributes to the modes and strategies of documentary theater, i.e., performance, while demonstrating that it can be placed in the context of post-documentary theater as it represents the so-called transition from directorial to authorial work. Keywords: musical performance, documentary performance, hybridization of genres, memory, ex-Yugoslavia

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.13.lc.2
Literature and Culture
Vesna Ukić Košta, University of Zadar, Croatia:

Knjiga Irska književnost i kultura, 1600.–2000.: Stvaralaštvo na jeziku kolonizatora autora Aidana O'Malleya (Filozofski fakultet u Rijeci, 2021.) vrlo je opsežna i detaljna studija koja proučava odnose irske književnosti (nastale u razdoblju od otprilike 1600. do 2000. godine) i kolonijalnog iskustva unutar šireg okvira političke i kulturne povijesti. Povijest Irske, odnosno irske književnosti, uistinu se ne može promatrati izvan konteksta nerazmrsivih odnosa s Velikom Britanijom, te kako sam autor naglašava, u fokusu knjige činjenica je da je irska književnost na engleskom jeziku duboko uronjena u povijest. Ova studija stoga kronološki, kroz pet poglavlja, analizira ključne književne tekstove (koji podjednako uključuju prozu, poeziju i dramu) na pozadini kolonijalne povijesti i jezične problematike. U svojoj analizi O'Malley u svakome poglavlju vrlo artikulirano i vješto povezuje važne događaje irske povijesti i književnike i književnice, odnosno relevantne tekstove objavljene u nave...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.13.lc.7
Literature and Culture
Danijela Paska, independent researcher, Croatia:

This paper focuses on the discursive analysis of the neoliberal coinage of mental health, observing neoliberalism as a modern rational form of governmentality. Inspired by Michel Foucault’s theory of discourse and governmentality (but also by others – Nikolas Rose, Sara Ahmed), in this paper I analyse what meanings and knowledge about mental health are articulated in public policies in Croatia by neoliberal market demands and the logic of self-management. The main thesis of the paper addresses the primary purpose of neoliberalism in the process of economization – the creation of a social reality in which all aspects of human life are reduced to economic problems, including human health itself. Through the analysis of public health projects and campaigns, the paper shows the connection between mental health policy and the constructed entrepreneurial self of citizens. Reading the critical categories of productivity, risk, resources, ability, and personal responsibility, in the paper I pr...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.13.lc.4
Literary Translation
Ilija Trojanow, Stephanie Jug and Sonja Novak:

Ono što danas nazivamo blagostanjem počiva na dosad neviđenoj izrabljivačkoj strukturi, a zdrav nam razum govori da se, kada sustav propada ili se ustanovi da je neučinkovit i pun mana, mora uspostaviti novi.*Gdje se mi to nalazimo? U raju? Paklu? Negdje između? Bliže raju ili bliže paklu? I kakvo je bilo stanje prije pandemije? Rajsko? Ili pakleno? Ili oboje? ,,[K]ao da se stopila zvonjava svadbenih i pogrebnih zvona” (Robert Schumann)? I koga obuhvaća to ,,mi”? Postoji li to uopće još? Može li još postojati zajednica koja zaslužuje taj naziv, kada i najmanja gesta pažnje prema bližnjemu, kao što je nošenje maske, uzrokuje podjele? Koliko su održivi ti sramežljivi pupoljci solidarnosti kojima smo se tijekom prvog lockdowna veselili, u društvu koje zapravo čini gomila usamljenih.Tko ovih dana priča o budućnosti, čini to na temelju sljedećih jednostranih pretpostavki: ili smo – u međuvremenu – protjerani iz Obećane Zemlje, ili je naše blagostanje već i prije bila tek fatamorgana koja je...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.13.lt.5
Literature and Culture
Duško Petrović, University of Zagreb, Croatia:

Drawing from two historical examples from Croatia, the author examines Wendy Brown’s thesis about waning sovereignty in the contemporary globalized world. In both cases, the author confirms Brown’s thesis. But in order to further examine the thesis about waning sovereignty in the contemporary world, the author identifies what he calls the contemporary signs of waning sovereignty. Then he calls the reader to find these signs in his/her social environment. Keywords: sovereignty, nation-state, post-Westphalian international order, globalization, state of exception, border zonesSuvremeni globalizirani svijet mjesto je djelovanja dviju naizgled isključujućih tendencija: „logike stvaranja moći u globalnoj mreži i logike udruživanja i zastupanja u specifičnim društvima i kulturama” (Castells 21); nadnacionalnog političkog i ekonomskog univerzalizma, kojeg na različite načine zastupaju liberali i neoliberali, kozmopoliti, humanitarci i politički aktivisti, te partikularnog i lokalnog nacionali...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.13.lc.3
Literary Translation
Claudia Rankine and Anja Glavinić:

Kad si sama i umorna, preumorna da buljiš u mobitel ili koji drugi uređaj i tako tratiš vrijeme, zavališ se u hrpu jastuka i prepustiš prošlosti. Obično si pod pokrivačem, a kuća je prazna. Ponekad mjeseca nema, a s druge strane prozora nizak, sivi strop čini se nadohvat ruke. Njegova tamna svjetlost blijedi, ovisno o gustoći oblaka, i ti toneš u ono što se pretvara u metaforu.Put je često asocijativan. Mirišeš dobro. Dvanaest ti je godina i pohađaš Školu svetih Filipa i Jakova, a djevojčica koja sjedi iza tebe upita te može li od tebe prepisivati na ispitu. Sestra Evelyn na vrata garderobe, kao da je pano, redovito lijepi petice i jedinice. Djevojčica je katolkinja sa smeđom kosom do struka. Ne možeš joj se sjetiti imena: Mary? Catherine?Obično si tiha i nikome se ne obraćaš osim sada kad te ona to upita i poslije kad ti kaže da mirišeš dobro i zapravo više nalikuješ bjelkinji. Valjda misli da ti zahvaljuje što si joj dopustila da prepisuje i osjeća se bolje kad prepisuje od osobe koj...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.13.lt.2