Words, Music, and Propaganda : book of abstracts
Opis: The fifth Words and Music conference, organized by the English Department of the Faculty of Arts and the Music Department of the Faculty of Education at the University of Maribor, explores the relation between words, music and propaganda, and the place of that relation in history and in modern contemporary culture. The conference includes presentations from the fields of musicology, history, anthropology, sociology, psychoanalytic theory, Marxism, feminist theory, and translation studies, and from different critical perspectives, such as literary and linguistic analysis, Gender Studies, ethnomusicology, critical musicology, stylistics, and popular music studies, applied to genres including folk and protest music, American and European jazz, popular and classical music, rock, and rap.
Ključne besede: literature and music, musicology, propaganda, censorship, protest
Objavljeno v DKUM: 09.09.2022; Ogledov: 193; Prenosov: 31
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Digitalized storytelling : the case of NeuromancerBorut Jurišić
, 2016, magistrsko delo
Opis: This paper compars two media capable of transferring the ideas of the author to the audience. First is the traditional media for storytelling - a printed book; and the second is the digital media for which the author presents a case that it is a storytelling media that allows for a new and different was of presenting a story - a computer game. With provided history of computer game development and a direct comparison of Gibson's novel Neuromancer and its conversion into a graphical adventure computer game, the author of the paper presents the different possibilities and limitations of each medium.
Ključne besede: digital storytelling, computer adventure games, interactive story, William Gibson, Neuromancer
Objavljeno v DKUM: 04.03.2022; Ogledov: 298; Prenosov: 20
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Humour in Animated Movies: ShrekAnja Janžekovič
, 2021, magistrsko delo
Opis: This Master's thesis uses the theories of psychology and linguistics to analyse the animated movie Shrek. I wanted to show how much knowledge one has to attain to appreciate an educational and compelling animated movie that interests both adults and children. I was also interested in finding out what theory has to say about how the understanding of children and adults differs in understanding the same joke. Although cartoons and animated movies look simple at first glance, they are layered and at the very root carry an important role in socialisation of young children, and the realisation of adults that there is knowledge hidden in the leisure of watching an animated movie.
Humour is a broad term that connects many different theories from different fields. It is important no know at least the basis of these theories to then peel back the layers and see the essence. The creators used an extensive vocabulary to write Shrek, not just the simple language most often used in many traditional fairy tales. This vocabulary with the connection of the use of dialect enhances the humour in this film.
Ključne besede: Animated movie, language, Shrek, humour
Objavljeno v DKUM: 19.10.2021; Ogledov: 463; Prenosov: 51
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H. P. Lovecraft's Symbols of Indifference: A Combined Critical ApproachŠtefan Hadalin
, 2021, magistrsko delo
Opis: H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) is an author who has in the decades since his death survived in the minds of millions of readers, mostly due to the power of his works of weird fiction and the resulting emergence of what he dubbed Cosmic Horror, conveyed through the symbolism and philosophy found in his Cthulhu Mythos. His antiquated style of writing that has since inspired many is at the same time a treasure trove of symbols, which have been interpreted and re-interpreted many times, but mostly as a whole aspect of his writing, with individual symbols not given the attention they deserve. The concepts and themes they convey are largely intertwined in a pattern of meanings and partial overlaps, making them hard to be differentiated fully from one another. However, outside of that, the meanings of the symbols can be established relatively clearly, with some of the main thematic connections between theme and meaning of an individual symbol standing out clearly above other thematic connections.
Since the interpretation of the meaning of a symbol is partially based on the approach used, a combined approach that examines the symbols from the points of view of classic Lovecraftian scholars like S.T. Joshi and David E. Schultz, C.G. Jung’s theories of archetypes and the unconscious, Campbell’s monomyth, and a dose of reader-response style criticism is possible, with the intention of determining the effect of different critical approaches on the meaning of symbols and the thematic connections that are in this process established between both groups. The connections that are established are as interconnected as the themes themselves, but a differentiation between stronger and weaker connections, determining the main thematic connection to the symbol’s meaning is possible. “The Call of Cthulhu” is as the first great story of Lovecraft’s later writing period a useful text, that can be reduced to symbols, a number of which can be used for the purposes of determining the nature of the aforementioned connections.
Lovecraft’s symbols considered as individual elements with a variety of aspects and the interplay between themes and meaning is then another way to study the meanings of the texts as a whole, through the lens of associated meanings determined through differing approaches. The main themes of knowledge and cosmic indifference always shine through, but the meanings of the symbols are built in various ways through various approaches, still arriving at roughly the same thematic connections, which can through the study of this process lead to a different appreciation for the masterful manipulation of stylistic, symbolic and atmospheric elements Lovecraft’s tales represent.
Ključne besede: H.P. Lovecraft, Call of Cthulhu, Symbols, Reader-Response, Combined Approach
Objavljeno v DKUM: 09.08.2021; Ogledov: 4400; Prenosov: 74
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Modern Aspects of the Labyrinth in LiteratureKlavdija Gredin
, 2020, magistrsko delo
Opis: The purpose of this study is to define the labyrinth as a physical structure as well as analyse its symbolic use. I will determine, in my analysis of the works, the authors themselves, their other works and their lives, what the role of the labyrinth and whether we can find similaritie
I included four works of different lengths in the research, including short stories and novel, which at first glance have only one thing in common - the labyrinth. I will determie, in my analysis of the works, the authors themselves, their other works and their lives, what the role of the labyrinth and whether we can find similarities in real life.
In order to understand the meaning of the labyrinth we have to understand the meaning of certain terms and why did the labyrinth become so popular in the certain literature style, the magical realism. Although it was firstly associated in art it soon became used in literature in order to see everyday things in a magical, extraordinary way.
The word labyrinth can be found in many civilisations all over the world, such as the Greeks, Romans, Scandinavians, Egyptians and so on. The meaning is not always the same. We cannot discuss the purpose of a labyrinth, if we do not explain the most known myth, the myth about the Minotaur.
The symbolical meaning in the story of the Minotaur is clear, it represents a prison, but this is not the only meaning a labyrinth can have. Although one cannot be certain of the real purpose people build and draw labyrinths, we can speculate that they were made in order to protect certain people, capture the sun’s energy even to bring good weather, to be used in games and dances. Nowadays, it is a tool to help patients to heal spiritually and restore their wholeness. The meaning, in which we are the most interested is the symbolical meaning in literature. Considering all the analysed works and the acquired and analysed literature, I was able to determine that the labyrinth is used not only as a structure from which it is necessary to find a way, but also that it is enough, for the purposes of literature, if we get lost in it. It represents a tomb, where one can rest in peace. Making choices which way to take in a labyrinth is similar to making choices in our everyday life.
An interesting fact is, that labyrinths were already found in literature in medieval manuscripts. Three classical authors stood out: Virgil, Ovid and Pliny the Elder. They defined the labyrinth for writers of modern day. The authors chosen in my work Jorge Luis Borges, J.K.Rowling, James Dashner and Guillermo del Toro included their ideas of the labyrinth and with a modern twist making it interesting to read and to explore several possibilities for the reader before one finishes the reading. They mixed the traditional with modern in order to get closer to everyday life, therefore the reader can identify himself with the main character, dream or escape from the reality.
The selected works start with a description of the authors, following with the plot and last but not least analysed individually. Later on, the focus is on the labyrinth and his meaning in selected works. We can conclude that we, the readers are set on a journey as well as the characters in our selected works. The physical labyrinth in the work and the conceptual labyrinth intertwine and can confuse the reader, but just the right amount of facts are given in order to stay curious to keep reading. The authors made sure the reader can identify himself with the main character or better yet, they can feel his pain, try to solve the mystery with them and try to find the way out of the labyrinth not knowing that all labyrinths are not meant to be solved, not every way out of the labyrinth ends happily and that sometimes one just need to get lost in order to find a way out.
The meaning of the labyrinth, therefore, has not significantly changed throughout the years. It has remained a symbol of admiration, for everyone, the creator, reader or walker.
Ključne besede: labyrinth, symbol, short story, novel, structure, Minotaur
Objavljeno v DKUM: 07.04.2021; Ogledov: 488; Prenosov: 53
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Serious vs. Satire – Today’s Future as Depicted in the World-Building Elements of Blade Runner and FuturamaAnja Švigelj
, 2021, magistrsko delo
Opis: This thesis explores the world-building elements in the Blade Runner movies (Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049) and the TV series Futurama. The theoretical framework presents the terminology related to the titles’ and their world-building elements: science fiction and speculative fiction, dystopia and cyberpunk, satire and parody. Lastly, the concept of world-building is presented and the framework of the elements that are analyzed is defined.
The world-building elements of the worlds of Blade Runner and Futurama are divided into the cultural and physical. The cultural elements are then further divided into: society and social issues, language, and science and technology. The physical are planet and climate, and the cityscape. This part of the thesis is a comparative analysis of the elements. It focuses on how the elements are presented in their respective worlds and compares them to each other and how they might relate to our own reality today and in the future. The comparative analysis shows how the satirical Futurama and serious, cyberpunk Blade Runner ‘predict’ future realities. Those are at the same time alternate and akin to our own.
Ključne besede: Blade Runner, Futurama, world-building, satire, dystopia
Objavljeno v DKUM: 01.04.2021; Ogledov: 529; Prenosov: 52
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ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH AND LITERARY CHARACTERS IN HIS DETECTIVE FICTIONNika Pavlinič
, 2013, diplomsko delo
Opis: Alexander McCall Smith's novels are gaining more and more readers in Slovenia as well as around the world; the most popular of his works is The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which currently consists of 13 books.
For this thesis I wanted to find out what is the main appeal of the series and what are the reasons behind its popularity.
Although the two most important characters in the novels are detectives and the series revolves around different types of crime and their solving, the novels are not typical detective fiction. They do not feature any murder cases, and the two detectives deal only with everyday problems, such as theft, fraud, adultery, and searching for missing people. Mma Ramotswe, the protagonist, is a private detective who solves crime with humour, intuition, and without any detective knowledge.
The novels take place in the Southern African country of Botswana; therefore, the works feature appealing descriptions of Botswana’s scenery and customs but do not deal extensively with Botswana’s biggest problem: AIDS. Therefore they do not provide the reader with a completely accurate description of the country.
The literary characters are well-made; an important characteristic of this series is that characters are shown as good people – even Mma Ramotswe, when solving cases, mostly relies on human kindness and consciousness that the right thing has to be done. The author does not show the characters only as good people, but as human beings with bad and good sides.
Ključne besede: Alexander McCall Smith, Botswana, detective fiction, Mma Ramotswe, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
Objavljeno v DKUM: 01.02.2021; Ogledov: 576; Prenosov: 19
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Valuing Cheer and Song Above Hoarded GoldNik Zabukovšek
, 2020, magistrsko delo
Opis: In this thesis, I compare two stories by J. R. R. Tolkien: The Hobbit and Farmer Giles of Ham. I first provide a short theoretical background – a biography of the author, a definition of the fantasy genre, short summaries of the two works and their respective publication histories. In doing so, I provide the context for the works being as they are.
In the second part, I undertake an analysis and comparison of certain important elements that are common to both works. Among these are the Protagonist, Dragon, the protagonist’s sword, the Sage and the setting. Further, I analyse some of the more salient motifs present in both works: an underestimated protagonist, cursed dragon-treasure, warrior culture and personal courage, and the concept of ofermod.
In the last chapter, I undertake an in-depth look into the humour present in Farmer Giles of Ham. The story originated as a children’s tale, yet eventually developed into a work containing many instances of sophisticated philological, as well as low-brow humour. Here I endeavour to highlight Tolkien’s keen wit, rarely expressed in his Middle-earth works.
Ključne besede: Tolkien, The Hobbit, Farmer Giles of Ham, fantasy
Objavljeno v DKUM: 07.10.2020; Ogledov: 451; Prenosov: 77
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Scapegoats in The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas, The Lathe of Heaven and The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le GuinAnja Veit
, 2020, magistrsko delo
Opis: This thesis explores scapegoats and scapegoating practices from their origins as a prominent biblical ritual of purification, to their social adaptation in modern-day societies – I research how scapegoats turned from ceremonial animals to a social metaphor for people. The rite initially represented the community’s symbolic removal of sins by the suffering goat, which re-affirmed people’s faith in elimination of all evil and enabled them to resume their everyday lives. The whole practice was reshaped over time, as the scapegoating shifted from animals to humans, where the latter seek scapegoats among themselves, primarily to renew the sense of their community and to cast out any evil from it. The scapegoat archetype is, therefore, still relevant today, as its development over the past centuries evolved into a convenient rationalization of faults against innocent individuals in various societies.
The second part of this thesis is further divided into analysis of three literary works; ‘’The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas’’, The Lathe of Heaven and The Left Hand of Darkness, one short story and two novels written by Ursula K. Le Guin, where the scapegoat archetype is explored and highlighted through four characters, which, on the basis of innocent suffering, round up realities that question the reader’s moral compass.
Ključne besede: scapegoat, the scapegoat archetype, ritual, sacrifice
Objavljeno v DKUM: 15.09.2020; Ogledov: 1742; Prenosov: 235
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