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Две български пиеси от 90-те години на ХХ век
Two Bulgarian plays from the 1990s

Author(s): Veneta Doycheva
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките
Keywords: Konstanin Iliev; Boyan Papazov; language; voice; past; postmemory

Summary/Abstract: The article examines the relationship between the socio-political changes in Bulgarian society after 1989 and the change of style in dramatic writing. The focus is on the playwrights Konstantin Iliev and Boyan Papazov and their first plays, which appeared in the 1990s. The subject of analysis is the use of language and its transformation into a specific tool for expressing the social turmoil. Sociolect, dialect and idiolect layers in the communication planes and the language's energy are discussed. Common themes related to political and personal issues, the experience of political violence, and brutality from previous historical eras are pointed out. What stands out is the emergence of a new dramatic discourse that emphasizes the language’s raw and direct force. A connection is made between this dramaturgy and the aesthetics of postmemory.

  • Issue Year: 2022
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 32-39
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Bulgarian