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„Прогресисти и консерватори“: литературноисторическа оптика
“Progressives and Conservatives” : Optics of Literary History

Author(s): Noemi Stoichkova
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Essay|Book Review |Scientific Life, Book-Review, Philology
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN
Keywords: literary-historical study; multitude of critical literary and philosophical plots; diachronic and synchronic plan; native and European context

Summary/Abstract: The text examines B. Penchev's latest monograph "Progressives and Conservatives. Temporal patterns in Bulgarian literature from the late 1940s to the 1970s" as a possible contemporary literary-historical attempt on the recent past. Through the outlined and dominant thematic-problematic cut, the monograph creates the picture of more than 30 years of Bulgarian literary development processes, both in a diachronic plan, leading back to the interwar international times, and in a synchronic one, positioning them in (Western) European and Soviet cultural parameters. Unraveling multiple plots—literary, critical, and philosophical—that are constantly intersecting, intertwining, and relativizing between each other, the study covers in a fragmentary yet broadly intertextual manner some cultural-historical "native" and "foreign" phenomena. They arrange a voluminous, conceptual puzzle that is both self-contained and dialogical with scientific positions that are currently established as authoritative in the field. By combining theoretical discourses with literary-historical precision, the examined metatext moves along the razor's edge of the subjective and the objectifying.

  • Issue Year: 66/2023
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 134-146
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Bulgarian