Between the Acts

No. 1 - Year 7 - 12/2016

Editorial

The papers collected within this entr'acte issue use different perspectives and standpoints to explore what happens between the acts – regardless of whether these are acts of a play, acts of speech or some other kind of social intercourse, or – broadly speaking – various acts/actions/activities that pertain to fictional worlds. It could arguably be expected that between the acts there is nothing of significance – utter silence and empty rows of seats in a theatre hall – or some form of light entertainment at best. These spatiotemporal lacunae, vacancies left gaping for however short a time, still possess the power, as all the papers in this issue seem to indicate, to construct and project new meanings of their own, or at the very least create potential for re-interpreting the adjacent ideas and contents, as well as exploring the problems of context, causality and sequence. ..

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This paper examines how short-short stories published on social media platforms such asFacebook and Twitter experiment with brevity. It examines the use of devices such as planned spaces between words, colors, and enjambments, a genre called twitter fiction, to deliver the literary after-taste of ‘byte-sized’ fiction. What are the ramifications, requirements, and results of this form of brevity? Since the works are written and published on/for the digital media, what other aids supplement the reading process, if any? What forms of innovation does this conciseness allow? Two platforms of reading and writing short-short stories (of 140 characters or less) will be used to examine these questions: Terribly Tiny Tales on Facebook and Very Short Story (@veryshortstory)on Twitter. Keywords: digital humanities, twitter fiction, brevity, short story, technology, social mediaThe six-word story by Ernest Hemingway, written in the 1920s, can be seen as an exemplary precursor to the recent burgeoning of short-short stories on Twitter and Facebook. To clearly define the term in the context of length is a complicated process as not only do short-short stories have different names, there is no fixity in terms of how short they must be or which style or form they deal with – ranging from myths and fables to serialized novels. However, works that are strictly 140 characters or less come under the subset of short-short stories and are popularly known as ‘140 stories,’ ‘short-shorts,’ and ‘very short stories.’ These are mostly published on social platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and personal blogs to allow immediacy in writing, self-publishing, and reaching out to an audience. Restricting the work to this minimum character limit allows the writer to publish the work across different social platforms.Therefore, the underlining requirement of this form of literature is that it must be brief. This becomes the first and the most important prerequisite for the genre. ...

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Horror: A Literary History, edited by Xavier Aldana Reyes, is divided into seven chapters which function as separate essays that can be read without having specific knowledge about the horror genre. If read systematically, the book presents an anthological review which establishes the continuity of the genre from 1764 to the early twenty-first century. Even though it privileges theory over textual analysis, the book can be used to elucidate numerous cultural productions and developments that have influenced the simultaneous evolution and devolution of horror by offering a precise insight into the continual interaction of social and literary spheres. Horror: A Literary History is valuable precisely because it questions the devalorizing stances towards the horror genre by acknowledging the importance of various writers who have contributed to the evolution of American and British literature but have often been marginalized because of their tendencies to transgress into the horror genre....

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Otvori oči, pa po običaju najprije baci pogled na sat na zapešću... Tek je pola sedam. No učas ih čvrsto zaklopi, iščekujući škriput kreveta i glas: „Ustaješ?“ Ali tišina potraja, pa otvori oči i uvidi, sama je u krevetu. Pa da, Rađan je noćas otišao u Delhi. Zaboravila je. Hm, sad nema razloga za žurbu. Udahne, duboko i polako, pa se s izdahom zakotrlja po cijelom krevetu. Dok je ležala na drugom rubu, s rukom preko lica, u ušima joj jače odjekne tika-taka njezina sata. Osmjehne se. Navikla je spavati sa satom na zapešću. Rađan se stalno nervira: „Zašto da ti sat cijelu noć kucka kraj uha. Hajde, skini ga.“ Makne ruku s lica, namjesti jastuk pod trbuh i opruži se, raskriljenih ruku, po cijelome krevetu. Ah, kakav je užitak spavati dokasno. Kad je Rađan kod kuće, već se oko šest, pola sedam sve ustrči. Priprema čaja, doručka, usto i ručka, a u osam Rađan odlazi u ured. Bog zna otkud Rađanu ta loša navika ranog ustajanja. Kako god, ona je danas slobodna. Može što poželi. Stoga opusti tijelo spremna da još malo odrijema....

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