Future Insights

No. 2 - Year 9 - 06/2019

University of Zadar | ISSN 1847-7755 | SIC.JOURNAL.CONTACT@GMAIL.COM


The articles presented in the 18th issue of [sic] discuss, in broad terms, the ways in which literary and cultural phenomena manage to transcend the temporal and spatial framework into which they were born. They thus provide understandings and intuitions with continuing relevance, and their impact extends – regardless of when they were created – well into the future. In the opening article, Dejan Durić and Željka Matijašević analyze the concept of intensity through psychoanalytic lenses, as it evolves from the 1960s counterculture toward the present-day forms of capitalism. Krešimir Vuković delves into the imagery of classical literature and explores what insights Homer, Hesiod, and Callimachus offered for future authors. Finally, Korana Serdarević turns toward teaching methodology and tackles the issue of whether 19th century literature can help shape the views of today’s (and tomorrow’s) society. ...

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Riccardo Nicolosi, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany:

The article focuses on a little-known text of the early 20th-century Russian Literature, The Earthly Paradise, or a Winter Night's Dream. Tales from the 27th Century (1903) by Konstantin S. Merezhkovsky, biologist and elder brother of the symbolist writer Dmitry Merezhkovsky. The Earthly Paradise is one of the most radical eugenic utopias of the future written around 1900 since it stages a radical post-humanistic concept – a new beginning of mankind through eugenics. Keywords: utopia, eugenics, biopoliticsU radu je je riječ o slabo poznatom tekstu ruske književnosti s početka 20. stoljeća, naziva Raj zemaljski, ili San zimske noći. Bajka utopija 27. stoljeća (Raj zemnoj, ili son v zimnjuju noč'. Skazka-utopija XXVII veka, Merežkovskij). Knjiga je izdana 1903. godine u Berlinu na ruskom i njemačkom jeziku. Autor romana je biolog Konstantin Sergeevič Merežkovskij, poznatiji kao teoretičar evolucijske teorije simbiogeneze i stariji brat ruskog simbolista Dmitrija Merežkovskog (Zolotonosov...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.9.pub.3
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Hans Günther, University of Bielefeld, Germany:

In the center of our attention is the postapocalyptic situation in Andrei Platonov´s novel Chevengur, which is characterized by the absence of labor. This fact does not give evidence of the paradise for which the chiliasts strove but turns out to be one of the main reasons of its self-destruction. The author´s argumentation is built on the confrontation of the beginning and the end of the novel. In both cases, labor is represented in an unusually strange way. But in fact, there is a principal difference between these two representations of labor. In the first case, we are dealing with the rising line of the transition from peasant’s craft to proletarian labor, whereas the development of the “economy” of Chevengur is shown as a process of decline.Keywords: post/apocalyptic, chiliasm, laborU literaturi o romanu Čevengur (1926. – 1928.) nerijetko se spominju dva termina – apokalipsa i hilijazam (ili milenarizam). Apokalipsa je općenitiji termin koji označava eshatološku predodžbu kraja sv...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.9.pub.2
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Olga Alimovna Bogdanova, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia:

The idea of the landlord's estate as “paradise on land,” traditional in the Russian culture of the late 19th and early 20th century, evolved in the literature of the 1910s and 1920s into the idea of the city-garden, which united the “beginning” and “ends” of the image of Biblical paradise – the Old Testament Eden and the Apocalyptic New Jerusalem. The substrate of the city-garden mythologem became the "estate topos," which indicates its plasticity and significant heuristic potential, i.e. not only its belonging to the former landowner estate of the 19th century, but also its ability to create new cultural modifications, such as the “city of the future” by V. V. Khlebnikov or the “city garden” in the prose of A. N. Tolstoy and in the Soviet poetry of the 1920s.Keywords: paradise, topics, landowner estate, estate topos, “city of the future,” “city-garden,” the first third of the 20th century, A. N. Tolstoy, V. V. Khlebnikov, V. V. Mayakovsky

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.9.pub.4
Literary Translation
Alan Titley and Una Krizmanić Ožegović:

Bila jednom jedna problematična mlada žena koju su vlastiti roditelji zvali običnom pizdom. Drugi su je zvali drugim imenima, no budući da su je njezini roditelji veoma voljeli, dovoljno je bilo da je zovu običnom pizdom. I zato što su je veoma voljeli, nisu je izbacili iz kuće čak ni kad je neprestano krala njihove kreditne kartice, slupala majčin auto, poderala očevu odjeću, govorila im da su jebeni naborani kreteni i inače se ponašala kao, ono, obična pizda. Ali, budući da su je veoma voljeli, poduzeli su sve da joj pomognu i čak se odvažili odvesti je psihijatru. „Zavist zbog penisa”, rekao je psihijatar, „bez daljnjega. Vidio sam to već puno puta. Sve mlade žene njezine dobi boluju od toga čak i ako to ne priznaju. A samo zato što to ne priznaju, ne znači da od toga ne boluju. Ništa što pošten muškarac i malo poštenog bambusanja ne bi mogli izliječiti.”Zato što su je voljeli i zato što su debelo plaćali psihijatra, pustili su je da luduje po gradu s koliko je god novaca htjela, da...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.9.lt.7
Literature and Culture
Zlatko Bukač, University of Zadar, Croatia:

In an age when social media dominate everyday lives of many people across the globe and with the rise of VR games, Netflix, fake news, and 3D printers, it is evident that (digital) technology has become an integral part of everyday life. Online games make new spaces of communication and cooperation that cross the seemingly established borders of nation-states, discussions about online and offline communities gain more prominence each year, and social networks have brought to the fore many scholarly works dealing with various questions about identity, culture, and identification. In this context, a comprehensive guide on or overview of how we could approach these issues in the academic context was scarce. Grant Bollmer’s book titled Theorizing Digital Cultures provides a way of approaching these, somewhat new issues, providing specific tools, i.e. terms and concepts that could help many future researchers of digital culture. What makes this work even more important is the fact that it i...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.9.lc.4
Literature and Culture
Tijana Parezanović, Alfa BK University, Serbia:

One might perhaps feel that the question of the other has been extensively theorized, especially (though far from exclusively) within postcolonial and gender studies, and the processes of othering already illuminated from different perspectives. On the other hand, there are probably those who think that the question deserves constant attention and careful (re)considerations, and Igor Grbić’s book The Occidentocentric Fallacy: Turning Literature into a Province poses a provocative challenge to both stances. What if – the book’s underlying hypothesis seems to suggest – the entire notion of the other is nothing but, as the title states, a misconception narcissistically promulgated by what we commonly refer to as the West although it in effect counts not more than a couple of states, a mere province in any map of the world? What if, namely, numerous scholars and researchers who are concerned with the question of the other in the field of literary studies, criticism and theory only perpetua...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.9.lc.6