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Антропологическият подход в литературознанието
The Anthropological Approach in Literary Studies

Author(s): Alexander Panov
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN
Keywords: Anthropological Approach ,Literary Studies

Summary/Abstract: What does reading a text anthropologically mean? Is interaction between anthropology and literary science at all possible? What exactly would the object of study be, as it is clear that its very definition depends largely on the analytical methodology? When we juxtapose the goals of general anthropology and literary science, we will find that they have an important point of intersection – the specific role, played by literature in the building and regulation of the system of human beliefs, dispositions and values that form the basis of human culture and lifestyle. In order for this to be achieved, though, one has to describe the principle by which the specific traits of literature – that is to say, the relationship between reality and fiction, form and content, text and discourse – contribute to the realization of this basic function. This article proposes the hypothesis that for the systematic execution of such an analysis one could start from the description of genres – a verbal phenomenon that can be referred both to the content and to the structural, communicational and functional aspects of the artistic discourse. At the centre of attention it does not pose the structure of the text, not even merely the discursive analysis, but the entire complex of artistic activity that is directed towards the formation, maintenance and transformation of human beliefs, images and views of the world, the dispositions, feelings and values that are the fundament of the very idea of humanity.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 5-19
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Bulgarian