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Littera Aperta : International Journal of Literary and Cultural Studies
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ISSN (Online) 2341-0663
Published by Universidad de Córdoba Homepage  [16 journals]
  • Cover, Credits and Table of Contents

    • Authors: Littera Aperta
      Pages: 1 - 4
      PubDate: 2016-12-30
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 4 (2016)
  • Lucretius in the novel Crematorio by Rafael Chirbes

    • Authors: Ángel Jacinto Traver Vera
      Pages: 5 - 36
      Abstract: This article explores the influence of Lucretius on the novel Crematorio (2007) by the Valencian novelist Rafael Chirbes (1949-2015). Considered one of the best Spanish novelists of the 21st century, Chirbes acknowledged in several interviews the Lucretian influence on his novel and, indeed, among the funds of his library, there was a De rerum natura profusely underlined by his own hand, which will guide us in the search for concrete resonances from the Roman Epicurean. Chirbes shares Lucretius’ materialistic view of universe and uses his writings to denounce the vices of society, with a purpose of moral reform. The main motifs adapted from Lucretius are the general materialist concept of life and universe, the human being as dust, the eternal recycling of the universe’s matter and of living beings, the violence in sex, the Hell in life, and the rebuttal of wealth as a factor of evils.
      PubDate: 2016-12-30
      DOI: 10.21071/ltap.v4i4.10804
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 4 (2016)
  • The ancient musical tradition in late latin writers: 3rd-5th centuries

    • Authors: Fuensanta Garrido Domené, Felipe Aguirre Quintero
      Pages: 37 - 63
      Abstract: This work is introduction to and a general survey of the treatises written in Latin between the 3rd and 5th centuries that transmitted the ancient Greek musical theory to the Middle Ages. Throughout these pages there will be a concise, eclectic and panoptic view of Latin authors who dedicated their work or part of their work to notions related to the harmonic science of the ancient Greeks. This study will show a “selection” of certain aspects of Greek music theory in its step to the Middle Ages, such as the gradual loss of the vocal and instrumental musical notation, as well as the progressive importance that Rhythmic and Metrics were acquiring into the musical treatises of this era.
      PubDate: 2016-12-30
      DOI: 10.21071/ltap.v4i4.10805
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 4 (2016)
  • A Feminist Study of Otherness in A Streetcar Named Desire and its Iranian
           Film Adaptation, The Stranger

    • Authors: Zahra Nazemi, Hossein Aliakbari Harehdasht, Abdolmohammad Movahhed
      Pages: 65 - 84
      Abstract: Movie adaptations of dramatic works have always been very popular. Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire (1947) has been adapted several times and in different ways. Feminist and gender studies have examined the important role of Otherness in the construction of female identity. Using their findings, we compare the ways in which the theme of Otherness has been employed in representing female gender identity in Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire and in its Iranian film adaptation, The Stranger (Bigāneh) (2014). The results of the study show that while in both works the female characters' traditional female roles have been highlighted, in the Iranian movie the main female character economically enjoys a relatively higher independence and can have a voice of her own to act against the patriarchal traditions. Besides, whereas in the source text women’s identity is solely associated with their being the Other of men, women in The Stranger stand on a par with their male companions, if not higher than them. The study also reveals that a main reason for these differences originates in the sociopolitical, cultural and historical discrepancies between the contexts in which the film and the play were created.
      PubDate: 2016-12-30
      DOI: 10.21071/ltap.v4i4.10806
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 4 (2016)
  • The Nymph Kyllene in Tony Harrison’s "The Trackers of

    • Authors: Leticia González Pérez
      Pages: 85 - 104
      Abstract: Tony Harrison’s play The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus, chosen as one of the 100 best plays of the 20th century by the National Theatre Millennium Poll, came in from the desire to bring the Greek genre of satyr play back to stage, since there are scarce satyr plays when compared with the amount of classical tragedies and comedies. The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus is a reworking of the papyri fragments of the satyr play Ichneutae (Trackers) by Sophocles, which was inspired by the Homeric Hymn to Hermes. This paper analyses Tony Harrison’s version performed at Delphi (1988), focusing on the importance of the role of the nymph Kyllene. Although she neither appears in the Homeric Hymn nor plays a leading role in either Sophocles’ version or Harrison’s, she represents a noticeable theatrical contrast with the satyrs, who feature heavily in Sophocles’ Ichneutae and Harrison’s version. Therefore, the character of Kyllene will be examined to find out which elements from the Homeric Hymn to Hermes and Sophocles’ Ichneutae Tony Harrison has kept and which ones he has modified. Furthermore, I will study the reasons why he has carried out these changes and conclude with an interpretive analysis of Harrison’s play.
      PubDate: 2016-12-30
      DOI: 10.21071/ltap.v4i4.10807
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 4 (2016)
  • Freeing Vuyazi: Orality and Women’s Subjectivity in Paulina
           Chiziane’s Fiction

    • Authors: Meyre Ivone Santana da Silva
      Pages: 105 - 117
      Abstract: Oral stories often maintain societal structures through the teaching of cultural norms. By bringing oral stories into her written text, Chiziane positions the elders as the resources of the village, the pillars, and the center of a fragmented world where things have started to change. As sites of memory, elder women establish a balance when the community needs to face modernity. However, as Chiziane deconstructs oral tales, she also subverts the colonial language. Here, I examine how the author utilizes a feminist and Africanist aesthetics, through oral tales, myths and proverbs often told by elder women, to reinvent the Portuguese language and literature while subverting myths and legends which reinforce gender hierarchies.
      PubDate: 2016-12-30
      DOI: 10.21071/ltap.v4i4.10808
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 4 (2016)
  • Interview to Jean-Pierre Brouillaud

    • Authors: Elisabeth Doustin
      Pages: 119 - 125
      Abstract: Interview to French writer Jean-Pierre Brouillaud, carried out by French high school students, under the guide of their Literature professor, Elisabeth Doustin. After an introduction to the didactic experience and to Brouillaud’s life and multifarious production, the author is interviewed about his novel Les petites rébellions (2015) and general issues of writing.
      PubDate: 2016-12-30
      DOI: 10.21071/ltap.v4i4.10809
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 4 (2016)
  • Corine Pelluchon (2018). Manifiesto animalista. Politizar la causa animal.
           Traducción de Juan Vivanco. Barcelona: Reservoir Books

    • Authors: Gabriel Laguna Mariscal
      Pages: 127 - 134
      PubDate: 2016-12-30
      DOI: 10.21071/ltap.v4i4.10810
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 4 (2016)
  • J. Redondo and R. Torné (eds.) (2014). Apocalipsi, catàbasi i
           mil·lenarisme a les literatures antigues i la seua recepció. Ámsterdam:
           Adolf M. Hakkert

    • Authors: Inés Soler Serrano
      Pages: 135 - 139
      PubDate: 2016-12-30
      DOI: 10.21071/ltap.v4i4.10811
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 4 (2016)
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