Literary Journal 2018/3. Sorcery

Literary Journal 2018/3. Sorcery

Literary Journal 2018/3. Sorcery
Editor-in-Chief: János Szentmártoni
NSZL – Magyar Napló Publishers Ltd., Budapest, 2018, 160 pages
ISSN 2063-8019

1 590,- Ft

Our issue tracks the depictions of witches, from children’s and youth literature to the most popular and lesser-known stories of world and Hungarian literature to contemporary texts. In addition to educational studies, essays, and art analyzes, the publication provides a selection of lyrical texts and prose from different centuries, offering not only literary historical curiosities to the Reader, but also an exclusive collection of various witch-like characters and figure transformations, like fairy, beautiful woman, the so-called lidérc, witch or hag.

The richly illustrated issue looks in the direction of music and visual culture; it publishes four interviews inviting the Reader to reflect on witchcraft from the aspect of women’s history, the magical quality of poetry, the relationship between medicine and superstitious beliefs, the social tensions centered around the witch’s figure, and the spiritual responsibility of the writer’s role. Writings that broaden the horizons of the subject toward ethnography, religious history, linguistics, and psychology contribute to complementing the witch motif of the cultural tradition. In addition to stepmothers, enchanters and sorcerers in the realm of fiction, the publication also draws attention to real, ordinary people whose sacrifices still form a deeply contemplative historical focus in the diversity of the creative imagination that this issue hopes to achieve. The Literary Journal commemorates them with excerpts from the lawsuits.

Literary Journal

Literary Journal, a quarterly joint publication of Magyar Napló and National Széchényi Library is a richly illustrated magazine of more than 100 pages, primarily dedicated to the broad audience, but also well usable as educational material. Its thematic issues always focus on one classical author, period of literary history or cultural phenomenon. Apart from including texts so far unpublished, Literary Journal can also significantly broaden the horizon of re-reading. The previous issues were dedicated to Gyula Illyés, Sándor Márai, Géza Gárdonyi, Gyula Krúdy and Miklós Zrínyi.