Romanian Journal of Artistic Creativity

Articles from Vol. 2, No. 4, Winter

A Pallady-Based Reading of Poe
And her eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming," "Her pallor I strangely mistrust," "Our memories they were treacherous and sere," "Oh, the bells, bells, bells," "The leaves they were crisped and sere" are motifs that stand out in...
Dancing Mad: A Treasure of Incalculable Value Lay Gleaming
"The Gold Bug" (1843) (Poe 1975: 42-70) refines the popular themes of piracy and treasure hunting into highbrow fiction; Poe transforms "the digressive, the superstitious, the blackly humorous" vein of popular sources by "purposely" adding "rigorous...
Detective Fiction and Common Sense
Crimes evolved in the age of Enlightenment to such an extent, becoming so elaborate that in the nineteenth century specialists were required for discovering their authors (cf. Foucault 1975). This is how detectives emerged and, with them, Sherlock...
Double, Shadow, Mask
Double and shadow Having appeared simultaneously with the various forms of archaic thought, with a rich tradition in the history of civilization, the issue of the double creates a bridge connecting the domain of myths and beliefs, on the one hand,...
Edgar Allan Poe on the Silver Screen
Poe and the seventh art The macabre melancholy of Edgar Allan (January 19, 1809; Boston, Massachusetts--October 7, 1849; Baltimore, Maryland) has attracted American and European filmmakers since the beginnings of the seventh art in the attempt to...
Horror, Horror, Everywhere
Fear and horror: from Gothic to Lovecraft and beyond Hear, terror, horror! Three words which define a fiction and film genre extremely popular all over the world. In fact, "the oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and...
Poe's Hieroglyphic Universe: The Master Keys
The mirror interface between fact and fiction: Ligeia and the Egyptian connection The "infinite play of mirror imagery" in Poe's cosmological equation, best typified in the cause-effect interchangeability, may well be connected in his thought system...
Poison Most Genteel
The way to kill with kindness (Shakespeare) Empirical tradition goes that the safest (i.e. hard to detect) way to kill somebody is by poison; more specifically, using the kind of poison that is already there, in the body (cf. Cooper 1974). To paraphrase...
The Composers It Is Trendy to Be Small-Talking About
Empirical statements going as far as back as the Greek Antiquity imply that there is a close connection between madness and (poetic) genius. This statement was then taken as a datum. In late 19th century, however, Cesare Lombroso (1891), Francis Galton...
The Fiction Writers It Is Trendy to Be Small-Talking About
Empirical statements going as far as back as the Greek Antiquity put it that there is an intimate connection between madness and (poetic) genius. The ages to come simply followed along the same track, with no attempt to build a corpus of examples-the...
The Imp of the Perverse
Poe refers to the "radical, primitive, irreducible sentiment" of perverseness as "a paradoxical something," "a mobile without a motive," "this overwhelming tendency to do wrong for the wrong's sake" (PIM: 140). Etymological data focus on a sense of...
The (Pre-/Post-)Romantic Bedlam
The (pre-/post)romantic poet's horrible sanity When the criteria for psychopathology ratings are symptomatic (mention of deviations or symptoms of less that psychotic intensity, e.g., alcoholism, mental "crises" or "breakdowns," suicide, phobias,...
The Thought of a Thought
An aura of mystery, otherness, and legend still surrounds the prose poem with which Ion Barbu prefaced Dan Botta's Eulalii poetry book of 1930. Its cryptic language --"it is his most hermetic work; in comparison to it, the other prose pieces look like...
The Voice of Music Resounding on HRV
Harmonious treasure Heart rate variability (HRV) is defined as the chaotic oscillation in the duration of Qq the R-R interval between each heart beat that occurs as a result of autonomic nervous system (ANS) sympathetic and parasympathetic activities...
Un-Dreaming, Un-Thinking, Un-Eating-Painting
Un-dreaming ("No matter how hard I try/ I find it impossible to dream.//I cannot manage to sing,/ I cannot manage to eat,/ I cannot manage to dance,/ I cannot// and no matter how hard I try/ I find it impossible to dream") and un-thinking ("I stir...
Utopias of Mastermind
The indispensable air of consequence Writing at the crossroads between the Enlightenment's confidence in the power of reason and the romantic discovery of the virtues of poetic imagination, E. A. Poe was tempted to give equal credit to both dimensions...
We Thus Establish the Universe on a Purely Geometrical Basis
The schizomorphic vision sees the world as a huge machine, as a mechanical cosmos, for in its application of the art of self-destruction this vision evinces a morbid preoccupation with geometric forms and patterns, that is, with the skeleton of things....
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