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....

Literary Translation
Sergej Dovlatov and Petar Karavlah:

Kuja iz Ureda za vize rekla je: „Svaki emigrant ima pravo na tri kofera. Takva je norma. To su posebni propisi ministarstva.“Nije imalo smisla proturječiti. Ali ipak sam morao: „Samo tri kofera?! Što bih trebao sa stvarima?“„Na primjer?“„Na primjer, sa svojom zbirkom trkaćih auta?“„Prodajte je“, odsutno odgovori službenica. Zatim doda, lagano se namrštivši: „Ako nečim niste zadovoljni, podnesite žalbu.“„Zadovoljan sam.“Nakon zatvora bio sam svime zadovoljan.„Pa onda se i ponašajte tako.“Za tjedan dana već sam pakirao stvari. Ispostavilo se da mi je bio dovoljan jedan jedini kofer. Gotovo sam zaplakao od muke. Pa imao sam trideset i šest godina. Od toga sam osamnaest godina radio. Zaradio bih pa kupio nešto. Mislio sam da imam nekakvu imovinu. A na kraju – jedan kofer. I to prilično skromnih dimenzija. Ispada da sam siromah? Kako je do toga došlo?Knjige? Imao sam uglavnom zabranjene knjige. One nisu prolazile kroz carinu. Morao sam ih podijeliti poznanicima zajedno s takozvanim arhivom.

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.3.lt.5
Literature and Culture
Tijana Parezanović, Alfa BK University, Serbia:

In his essay on Australian poetry of the early twentieth century, Nicholas Birns claims that the poetry of the given period was not at the time fully appreciated in the rest of the world, and that metropolitan centres placed low esteem on Australian poetic production (173). There was the lack, as he puts it, of “an efficient market”, caused by various factors, including the remoteness and isolation of the country, its distance from the hotspots of political crisis, and its “perceived rejection of modernism” (Ibid). It was the Anglo-American experimental modernism that the young Australian poets rejected, composing verse that “tended to rhyme and obey metrical contentions” (Ibid, 174) or at least have a certain melodic quality. In its stylistic aspect, this poetry was rather traditional, and the themes used were also quite different from those explored by American or English modernist poets: exploration by sea and land, and the European explorations of Australia in particular, was a ver...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.3.lc.2
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
Regina Rheda and Jelena Bulić:

Herofil je pobjegao iz Osnovne škole “Domingos Jorge Velho” i sakrio se u odvodu za kišu. Iz tame, tih kao kamen, gledao je automobil kako se naglo zaustavlja i kako iz njega iskaču jedni te isti ljudi. Utrčali su u školu i brzo izjurili noseći profesora Aristidesa kojim su nahranili automobil. Dok je rukama gurala učenike kroz vrata, zadihana je ravnateljica gledala kola hitne pomoći. Pospremite stvari i vratite se kući. Nastava je za danas otkazana. A zmija, gospođo Carminda? Svi kući, smjesta. Ja ću se pobrinuti za zmiju.Ravnateljica je pričekala da i posljednji učenik šestoga razreda ode i zatim uzela dvije tablete za smirenje. Policija bi se mogla svaki tren pojaviti i početi postavljati pitanja – gospođa Carminda trebala bi imati spremne odgovore. Policija ju je uvijek strašila. Jedan nesiguran odgovor, oklijevanje, nervozni drhtaj, i policija bi mogla osumnjičiti ravnateljicu i poslati je u zatvor zbog zločina koji nije ni počinila. O, bože, koraljna zmija slobodno tumara prosto...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/1.3.lt.4
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
Roxanne Barbara Doerr, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy:

Art has always held a very ambiguous position in human society: on the one hand it has been exploited for promotional use and revered as a stand in for the entity it represents; on the other hand however, its ability to question dogmatic authorities by appealing to an individual’s innermost instincts and thoughts has made it a threatening and seditious force to be reckoned with. As a result, numerous studies on the impact of art and visions on society, authority, and our perception of reality, have emerged and taken many forms of interdisciplinary inquiry (it is sufficient to think of movements such as “literature and the visual arts”, “culture studies”, “cross-cultural image studies” or “law and imagery”, to mention a few). As a confirmation of this, the subversive power of art, in the form of suppressed colours and controversial portraits, is at the heart of two of Tracy Chevalier’s works, The Virgin Blue (1997) and The Lady and the Unicorn (2003). In both novels the protagonists’ li...

DOI: 10.15291/SIC/1.3.LC.1