Editors: Péter Hajdu and Róbert Gáfrik
The geographical and temporal orientation of European and non-European utopias seem to differ in many politico-cultural aspects. The articles collected in this issue demonstrate that national and cultural determination can still be perceived, and they confirm the attention paid to the issues of nationalism, colonialism, or religious imperialism in utopia studies. Moreover, some of the authors show that an interplay between the culture of origin and the local/cultural otherness of the imagined elsewhere allows for an imagological approach to utopias.
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Editor: Bogumiła Suwara
Since its emergence as a genre, science fiction has dealt with the concept of human transformation. In various narratives describing the encounter of people with posthumans or aliens, human stereotypes, human nature and the humanistic paradigm itself are exposed to the challenge and critical reflection which posthumanism has introduced and developed within the contemporary humanities. The articles in this issue are focused on identifying transhuman and posthuman themes and motifs in both literary and artistic forms of science fiction (including bioart, film and television series) from a posthumanist perspective.
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Editors: Magda Kučerková, Martin Vašek
This issue is thematically focused on the language of transcendent experience, especially the category of inexpressibility, as it has been captured in the history of European literature by texts with artistic or aesthetic value. The individual studies, in the form of literary interpretation or philosophical reflection, seek to examine the balance between the transcendental experience and the words that capture it. The intellectual impulse behind this reflection, anchored in the dialogue of literary science and phenomenology, is the work of the contemporary French philosopher Jean-Luc Marion, especially the concept of the saturated phenomenon.
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World Literature Studies, Special Issue, vol. 11, no. 4, 2019
Edited by Tomáš Jirsa (Palacký University Olomouc) and Rebecca Rosenberg (King’s College London)
Across cultural history, the face has figured both a site of intimate familiarity and radical unknowability. On the one hand, the face is the most immediate and recognizable marker of identity: an organic surface upon which interiority is projected and displayed. Continue reading Call for Papers: (Inter)Faces:Thinking the Face in Literature and the Visual Arts
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Magic Realism in Central European Literatures
JUDIT GÖRÖZDI – RADOSLAV PASSIA
This issue maps possible filiations between magical realism and central European literatures. The authors of the issue focus predominantly on Slovak but also Hungarian, Czech, and Romanian literature. They try to encompass several sources of “magic realism” in the central European cultural milieu. Individual articles show that in addition to the influence of significant works of world literature classified within magic realism, local inspirations and own narrative traditions play an important role in the domestication of magic-realism strategies. It can thus be claimed that several original authorial, national or “areal” models of magic-realistic narratives have emerged in central Europe.
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Magic realism in literature is perceived as a movement, tendency or type of modern fiction of Latin American origin. Scholarly reflection of this complex phenomenon, variously represented in individual national literatures, agrees that it merges two ways of seeing and depicting, two systems of representation: Enlightenment-rational („realist“) and supernatural-mythical („magic“).
This thematic issue of the journal WLS proposes to map possible affiliations with magic realism in Central European literatures. We are interested in scholarly recognition of the appropriation of significant works of world literature and in analyses of inspirations that rediscovered the „magical“ in narrative traditions of own literature, or induced the formation of idiosyncratic authorial, national or „area“ models of magic-realist narration.
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