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This study deals with a so far not too often analysed old Provençal short story, which is a particular version of Sleeping Beauty. After an analysis of biblical vocabulary background and a presentation of various hidden oppositions in the novas, the paper focuses on the meaning of the speaking names, on the miracles and on the duplicated persons. As the second young couple plays a crucial role in the plot, it is necessary to find its identity and comprehensive literary function. The study concludes affirming that the short story shows the decline of fin'amor by a charming mixture of Christian, antique and popular beliefs. Among the three, it is the third that prevails, as the magic herb seems strong enough to wake up the dead princess. Even though the fin'amors ideology is still present, it is not predominating any more and cannot resolve the greatest human tragedy.

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After reviewing the reasons why Kafka, in his short story “Prometheus”, produces four versions of the myth of Prometheus, it is concluded that the text refuses to become a parable in any simple way. Instead, it pushes the act of interpretation itself into the foreground, in this sense it is a parable about interpretation, which is not about the one and undividable truth but about texts.

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One of Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha novels and short stories that pays special attention to the production of water symbolism is his The Sound and the Fury. Water in all its physical conditions and manifestations (branch, river, rain, tears, ice, wet drawers, wet clothes, bathing, bathroom, dropsy, mud, etc.) is present in Benjy’s, Quentin’s, Jason’s and Dilsey’s discourses and, consequently, acquires different symbolic meanings. They can be read in the context of purity, restoration, female sexuality, resistance/subversion and control/manipulation.

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This paper will show that Kafka, in his enigmatic short story, “A Visit to a Mine,” depicted the concept of identification in a literary manner, similar to the way Freud articulated identification in his psychoanalytic writings. It will be argued that the subjects found in “A Visit to a Mine,” and who were used by Kafka in his quest for personal and professional identification, were among the most important European writers of the early twentieth century. This group of authors with whom Kafka identified included many highly influential figures, such as; Gorki, von Hofmannsthal, H. Mann and Anatole France.

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The aim of this paper is to demonstrate how M. Krleža takes advantage of the adaptabilities of multilingualism in his short story Hrvatski bog Mars. Soldiers from different linguistic areas served in the Austro-Hungarian multilingual army who needed to acquire the military language as well. However, establishing conversations with officers and soldiers of other languages was detained by misunderstandings and incomprehension, which lead to tragic and tragicomic consequences. The different social dialects created situations for talking at cross purposes, while the voided multilingualism of the upper classes signed cultural decadence, the coming of the end.

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Acta Orientalia Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae
Authors:
George Kara
,
Réka Takács
,
Gergely Salát
,
Edit Bányász
, and
Mária Ivanics

Tibetische Handschriften und Blockdrucke, Teil 17 (Die mTshur-phu-Ausgabe der Sammlung Rin-chen gter-mdzod chen-mo, nach dem Exemplar der Orientabteilung, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin-Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Hs or 778, Bände 34 bis 40), beschrieben von Peter Schwieger;  Long Dong (ed.): Ling ting Xizang, Yi xiaoshuo de fangsi [Listening to Tibet. Short stories]; Catalogue of the Collections of Sir Aurel Stein in the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Compiled by John Falconer-Ágnes Kárteszi-Ágnes Kelecsényi-Lilla Russel-Smith, edited by Éva Apor-Helen Wang;  Robert Hymes: Way and Byway; V. V. Trepavlov: Istorija Nogajskoj Ordy;  Benderli Gün-Gülen Yılmaz-Kakuk Zsuzsa-Tasnádi Edit: Magyar-török szótár.

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Stream of consciousness is the manifestation of verbality in writing. Through the narrative technique of stream of consciousness, the writer has the opportunity to use the a very personal tone. This study examines three short stories by Valery Larbaud, the French writer and translator, which are characterized by this unique symbiosis of verbality and orality. This narrative technique is mainly suitable for the depiction of feelings and thoughts and not the narration of events. Its striking structural feature is the incoherent composition of sentences. Larbaud attributed great significance to narration carried out with the technique of stream of consciousness. The heroes of the three Larbaud short stories, which are in the scope of this study, have emotional problems to solve. The main topic of their ``audible thinking'' is the problem of faithfulness and the spiritual and physical distances between man and woman. Journey through time and space often gives the impression of a film script: the narrator depicts past and imaginary future in incoherent structured sentences which resemble the form of snapshots.

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The young Gogol published a study on the teaching of geography for children in 1831. At the same time, he was writing the collection of short stories, Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka (1831–1832). We can observe interesting connections between his texts – prose fictions and pedagogical writing – of this period: motives belonging to geography, history and folklore make a specifically large context. The author’s interest in geology, as he writes, in the „underground geography” (“подземная география”) – the earth’s crust, rocks, strata – corresponds with the “underground mythology and folklore” in the Dikanka stories, with the demonic figures ( колдун, ведьма, черт ), places ( abyss, ravine, depths of the earth, swamp, churchyard ) and time ( night ). In this study, on the basis of the Gogol’s long-time unedited manuscripts ( Неизданный Гоголь , ed. by I. A. Vinogradov, Moscow, 2001) we investigate the common roots of the seemingly heterogeneous motives to discover the hidden strata and meanings of his early works.

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To the autobiographical character of Remizov's prose several works were consacred in the literary history. However, they do not specify the "subjectivism" of the text exactly. In the article, we attempted to reveal it introducing the term "autobiographic hero". Objectification of the character of the autobiographic hero takes place in the short story of Remizov as a spirit in pagan's sense connected to the low culture, or as an internal voice of the text which is shaped in quasi-personal narration. In Remizov's meta-narration, the presence of the author practically is not perceptible. Due to it, some principles of Remizov's poetics could be approached to the principles set forth in R. Barthes work "La mort l'auteur".

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The Austro-Hungarian Monarchy’s military missions on the Balkans can provide the only experience in Hungarian history that can be connected with a notion of colonization. The paper scrutinises some Hungarian writers’ responses to that experience. Kálmán Mikszáth as a journalist shows a shift in attitude; he strongly criticized the occupation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, but eventually he proudly advertised a colonizing discourse. The most important monument of the 40-year connection with Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Hungarian culture was János Asbóth’s monography in two volumes entitled Bosnia and Herzegovina . In that work the celebration of modernisation, westernisation, the development of economy and infrastructure does not imply racism and religious intolerance. The short stories by István Tömörkény that describe the military life in the sanjak Novi Bazar offer a careful analysis of the cultural and linguistic aspects of the experience of otherness in the multicultural Balkan environment.

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