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Няколко страници от историята на балканските утопии
From the history of the Balkan utopias

Author(s): Nadia Danova
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN
Keywords: Balkan utopias

Summary/Abstract: The aim of this study is to present and find the historical place of some of the Balkan utopias created by Greeks and Bulgarians during the 18th ,19th and 20th century. The focus falls on a way of thinking,which although marginal and eclectic, existed in its own time and helps to make clear the difficult process of the building of modern ideologies.Attention is paid to the mechanism which transfers the utopias of the future, born elsewhere, into the Balkan space as well as to the social and cultural circumstances that help to build the ideal picture of the future.The author studies the problem of the role of history and memory in the imagined communities as an expression of the relation between history and utopia,as well as the relation between utopia and eschatology.The examples that are studied testify to the comparatively quick reaction of some of the representatives of the Balkan intelligentsia to what is happening in the sphere of the utopia in other countries.Texts which aim at living up to the existing expectations, while at the same time making an attempt to turn them into instruments are created.The conclusions of the analysis of the utopian texts allow elaborations concerning the level of the political culture as well as about the different tendencies in the idealogical and political life, which caused combinations of views and tastes that are paradoxical at first glance.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 103-129
  • Page Count: 26
  • Language: Bulgarian