• Komparálva és behálózva – mítosz, szóbeszéd, pletyka / Comparative Literature Linked - Myth, Rumor, Gossip

    Miklos Mezosi (see profile)
    Comparative literature--Study and teaching, Comparative literature
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    Hálózatok és komparatisztika: a világirodalom hálózatai / Networking Comparative Literature: Networks and World Literature
    Conf. Org.:
    Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca
    Conf. Loc.:
    Kolozsvár /Cluj-Napoca
    Conf. Date:
    October 4-5, 2019
    network theory, Comparative literary studies
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    Comparative Literature Linked - Myth, Rumor, Gossip “How everything is connected to everything else and what it means for business, science, and Everyday Life” Today, it is hardly a mistake to think that comparative literary research and network theory are intimate friends. Asking with Albert-László Barabási, “how is everything connected to everything else and what does it mean for science” – that is, what happens if the works selected for comparison, or for that matter their motifs, etc., are taken as nodes in a net, and these nodes are connected? Doing so, what, if any, “extra yield” can we gain in the interpretation? In his “Homer and Networks”, professor Zsigmond Ritoók applies the network method to an ancient work of art, recognizing the limits of this approach. “The poetic language – he writes – with its scale-free regulation, with the balancing effect of adding repetitive [...] and surprising, anticipated and unexpected elements, creates the opportunity for the successful balance of the the art of the language.” He goes on: “The opportunity. [...] In order to have the opportunity provided by the language turned into reality, we need a poet taught by the Muse. Otherwise, formulas and drifts will only make up a clattering machine.” In my presentation I array a few such opportunities and how they are turned into reality. I begin with mapping some mythological narratives and mythified topoi: the networks of Arion~Dionysus~Orpheus and the Catcatcher~Odyssey~Star Wars, respectively. Then, a number of the corresponding nodes of Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita and Euripides’ Bacchae are interlocked (drawing on Kevin Moss’ comparison). Finally, I spread textual networks on each other, all sharing the common feature of operating a network of rumors, or “gossip”, that act at different levels yet form a poetically constitutive tool: Vergil's Aeneid IV, Boris Godunov by Pushkin and Musorgsky respectively, and Musorgsky’s Khovanshchina.
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