About why we shouldn’t force people to like it

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Art and thus literature are domains on which everyone can have an opinion. There are several reasons why this is so and one of them is certainly the notion of “taste” which, prompted by the famous saying that tastes are not discussed, allows art consumers to give their judgments without any basis.

Another problem is that the consumer is often not used to difficulties in reception. This often offends him and he then directs his anger towards the institution of art. But how is it that a person is annoyed by a work of art that he does not understand…


About theories, literature, and people

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After I got my Bachelor’s degree in Croatian Language and Comparative Literature this summer, one question kept coming to my mind: What did I actually learn about literature?

There is a short story by Serbian writer Danilo Kiš about a library that contains data and biographies of all ordinary people since 1789. Imagine having a library of all your knowledge. Imagine going to a job interview with a large list of all the knowledge you’ve gained over a lifetime.

The reality is different and a complete answer to my question cannot be given. However, thanks to the internet, I can…


And why you shouldn’t follow his example

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In 1922, Ulysses was published. One of the most cryptic novels in the history of literature.

Carl Jung, a famous psychoanalyst, wrote a review of the novel in 1932. He described it as fascinating but boring and concluded that Joyce was a functional schizophrenic.

French writer Jacques Benoist-Méchin tried to translate part of the novel and quickly encountered many difficulties. Joyce, however, did not want to explain anything further. When asked why is so, he replied:

I’ve put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that’s…


On difficulties that are part of the process

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There are many ways in which literary texts can be difficult to read: from linguistic features such as complex syntax or vocabulary to problems of interpretation.

Most of the difficulties arise from the fact that literature generally differs from everyday speech, which is aimed at conveying information as quickly as possible. This difference may surprise, confuse, and even irritate the reader. Rightly so, because violent obscurantism is more often than not a sign of poor writing.

The literary text often has no intention of informing us as quickly and easily as possible and leaves us confused by various ambiguities. …

Kunko Kanko

23-year-old student of Croatian Language and Comparative Literature

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