Art and Subversion

No. 1 - Year 3 - 12/2012

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Editorial

When discussing art, regardless of its form, expression, context, genre or any other classifying or defining feature, one of the key issues that constantly emerges as a thing of relevance is its connection to real life, its meaning to our everyday existence, together with its impact on historical, current, and sometimes even future social and cultural aspects of our lives. Within this context the idea of subversion comes to art almost naturally. By constantly reinventing itself, by expanding various social boundaries, which are in fact self-imposed limitations, art (un)successfully subverts everything that stands in its path, creating different approaches to established routines and perceptions, or even completely breaking down all of the traditional notions surrounding a particular segment or phenomena present in society....

Literature and Culture
Karla Lebhaft, University of Zadar, Croatia:

Početkom 50-ih godina političke promjene u Hrvatskoj (odnosno u tadašnjoj Jugoslaviji) uvjetovale su stvaranje nove kulturne klime, a kao jedno od važnijih obilježja u navedenom razdoblju moguće je istaknuti promjene manifestirane unutar umjetničke sfere koja je tada imala izuzetan politički značaj. Nakon razdoblja tijesne političko-ideološke veze sa sovjetskim političkim blokom (1945. – 1948.) i zaokreta 1948. godine, koji je rezultirao nastankom samoupravnog socijalizma i složene multietničke federativne države, u samo nekoliko godina dolazi do gotovo potpunog raskida sa socijalističkim realizmom, a modernizam je prihvaćen kao dominantan jezik (službene) umjetnosti. Za umjetnost i kulturu to je značilo prijelaz iz borbenog, revolucionarnog socrealizma u umjereni modernizam intimističkog tipa. U tom razdoblju omogućuje se i djelovanje novih alternativnih umjetničkih grupa koje pratimo u kontinuitetu s predratnim (povijesnim) avangardama sve do rasapa socijalističke države. U korpusu '...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.3.lc.5
Literature and Culture
Sintija Čuljat, University of Rijeka, Croatia:

Probing the dramatic monologue mould of Robert Browning (1812-1899) has maintained a long tradition of portraying this poet as an experimenter and pursuer of the Victorian representation de-norming process. Browning’s narrative verse employs ambiguation through syntactic rendition of his dramatic personae who voice their minds beyond the restraints of dialogic turn-taking and divulge their impulses through verbal dominance. Browning’s bicentenary seems a most auspicious moment to creatively explore the tenacity of his discordant narrative vein in literary translation. Browning’s fixation on engendering a poetic form that would fully sustain the self-projecting techniques of his protagonists resulted in the employment of narrative verse whose dialogic nature is undermined and embedded in his creations’ monologues. The poet utilizes innuendoes which originate not only from the pool of poetic references but also from the syntactic realizations disclosing a disparity between the speakers’ ...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.3.lc.6
Literary Translation
Eugenia Rico and Anna Rosen Guercio:

You can close your eyes but you can’t close your ears.In the darkness, I keep hearing the screams. I don’t know who’s screaming. I squeeze my eyes tighter and realize that I’m the one who’s screaming. In the darkness, there is no hate. There’s a strange smell and it isn’t me. In another time and another place, someone would have known why all this was happening, someone would have been able to give a name to everything that seems so inexplicable to me, but which does have an explanation. It has to. It won’t be a logical explanation.In another life, I tried to find causes and effects until I came to understand that nothing that happened to me had them. I believed that I thought with my head. I believed that I thought.In the darkness, I don’t think with my heart or with my head. I don’t have any. Others will come and they’ll tell my story. It’ll sound different from their lips.I’ve never been different than everyone else. All my life I endeavored to stay in the middle of the road, not to...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.3.lt.2
Literary Translation
Ana Fernández Guerra:

Literary texts display many linguistic peculiarities, as well as social and cultural aspects of our lives and, thus, we can assert that literary translation is one of the main ways of communication across cultures. Translating literary texts, however, is not an easy task, since it certainly poses many problems for the translator. One of the problems a translator can face arises from the fact that some words or phrases denoting objects, facts, phenomena, etc… are so deeply rooted in their source culture (SC) and so specific (and perhaps exclusive or unique) to the culture that produced them that they have no equivalent in the target culture (TC), be it because they are unknown, or because they are not yet codified in the target language (TL). When discussing the problems of correspondence in translation, “differences between cultures may cause more severe complications for the translator than do differences in language structure” (Nida 130). Moreover, several theorists, such as Santoyo,...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.3.lt.1
Literature and Culture
Ana Kedveš, University of Warwick, United Kingdom:

In 2000 the final volume of the fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials was published in London. Although it was only after New Line Cinema announced the film adaptation that it attracted world wide attention, it is undeniable that Pullman’s work made an immense contribution not only to children’s literature, but to British literature in general. The fact that Pullman was the first children’s author to receive The Whitbread Award, as well as the sales of more than 15 million, speak in favour of the significance his work. However, because of his public outbursts against the boycotters of his works, Pullman came under strident criticism. Unconventional usage of traditional religious and Church-related concepts as literary devices brought into question his integrity as an author and designated him as a fervent atheist. The central aim of this paper is to show how Pullman uses various religious concepts, which are mainly related to Christian tradition and doctrines. The resonant imagery of His ...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.3.lc.3
Literary Translation
Don DeLillo and Jelena Bulić:

Znala je da je još netko u sobi. Nije bilo nikakvog zvuka, samo nagovještaj, slabo premještanje zraka. Neko je vrijeme bila sama, sjedila je na klupi posred galerije okružena slikama, ciklusom od petnaest platna, i činilo joj se kao da sjedi u mrtvačkoj kapelici uz tijelo rođaka ili prijatelja. To se zove bdijenje, pomislila je. Gledala je Ulrike, glavu i trup, ranu od užeta na vratu, iako nije sa sigurnošću mogla reći koju su spravu koristili kod vješanja. Čula je kako se netko približava klupi, muškarac teška koraka, ustala je i otišla stati pred Ulrikinu sliku, jednu od tri s istim motivom, na svakoj mrtva Ulrike, leži na podu ćelije, s glavom u profilu. Platna su bila različitih veličina. Pojava te žene, njezina glava, vrat, rana od užeta, kosa, crte lica, naslikani su, od slike do slike, u zagasitim i izblijedjelim nijansama, na jednoj jasnije nego na drugoj, usta iskrivljena na jednoj slici izgledala su prirodno na drugima, sve skupa nesistematično. „Što misliš zašto je to tako n...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.3.lt.3