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Cryptogram – a Very Short Introduction


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Bagić, Krešimir. (2018). Cryptogram – a Very Short Introduction. Croatica: časopis za hrvatski jezik, književnost i kulturu, 42(62). pp. 343-364. ISSN 1849-1111

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The term cryptography stands for a scientific discipline that studies the techniques of encrypting and dispatching secret messages as well as the artistry of encrypting itself. Cryptogram is a message which has been encrypted in a secret type of script, a code only its addresser and addressee share. The first part of the paper sums up the history of secret communication by retracing its manifestations from the 7th century BC until present day. Some of these practices include: steganography (hiding the message), transposition and substitution cryptograms (devised by classical cryptography) and the asymmetrical RSA cryptosystem (which marks the beginning of modern cryptography). The second part of the paper focuses on the roles cryptogram plays in different cultural practices, primarily in enigmatography and literature. In these cases cryptogram does not seek to establish secret communication but motivates aesthetic and ludic enjoyment as well as the appeal of a quest. Finally, the paper defines cryptogram in literature as a figure of speech (writing) which explicitly signifies crypticness as an important quality of literary communication.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cryptography, cryptogram, figure of speech, riddle
Subjects: Slavic languages and literatures > Croatian language and literature
Departments: Department of Croatian Language and Literature
Date Deposited: 29 May 2019 11:28
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:28

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