SYSTEMATIZATION OF CRITICAL RECEPTION AND ISSUES OF POETIC AND STYLISTIC DESCRIPTION OF MARIJA ČUDINA’S POETRY

Author:
Tin Lemac
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tinlemac01@gmail.com
Summary
Marija Čudina’s poetry represents one of famous, but not well known projects on the recent Croatian poetry scene. Her beginnings are related to the poetic horizon of the literary journals Circles and Reason and the poetry by other authors reveals her growth in the manner of her selfconsistency. The reason for her nonbelonging to the generation modes is partially related to her private life in Belgrade after she married Leonid Šejka and some antipoetic suggestions which she has presented in her book Wild soul (Čudina 1986). Her first book Imaginary girls (Čudina 1959) was well received by the critics, and some of them (such as Cvjetko Milanja) assume that this book is one of her most powerful books from the poetic point of view. Her poetry is described in terms of existentialism, melancholy and Gnosticism. Some of her works are existentialist (explicated in the manner of Cioran, Beckett, Camus, as Milanja explained). Melancholy is the main characteristic of the already mentioned Wild soul (Sanjin Sorel has explained this in one of his papers). Some critics (e.g. Danilo Kiš) explain the world in her poetry by using Gnosticism. In this paper we deal with the critical reception of Marija Čudina’s poetry which was published during the second half of the 20th and the first years of the 21st century. Following of the current production of this poetic project and the formation of its poetics have resulted in many insights which are here systematized so that we can analyse their interpretative validity. With critical distance and focusing on these issues, we analyse her poetic and stylistic description at a moment when this project is rounded and we suggest interpretative directions in which the future critical systematizations should go. We take a positivist approach to these critical texts and detect their basic values, evaluate their range and compare them with other individual or synthetic texts on Čudina’s poetry in order to legitimise their validity.
Key words
Marija Čudina’s poetry; critical reception; poetics and the stylistic model; interpretative perspective
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