Foreword, afterword and reception of the novel
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Предговори, послеслови и рецепция на романа „Чичо Томовата колиба”
Foreword, afterword and reception of the novel "Uncle Tom’s Cabin"

Author(s): Mariya Pileva
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN
Keywords: Reception; paratexts; interpretation; author; translator; work

Summary/Abstract: The paper examines the forewords and afterwords and their influence on the reception of Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe during different periods of its publication in Bulgarian. Approved as a certain genre form during the time of Bulgarian National Revival, when there was a limited number of articles and papers on specific literary or political issues, the preface was loaded with some extra features. Through its presentations of the cultural context in which the different translation of the novel appeared we can trace some of the stages in the critical perception of the work. Afterwords of the novel appeared much later – after 1944 – and operated in the other ideological environment trying to correct the interpretation. The aim of the presented paper is also to identify some important moments in the development of these paratexts with their first references to the author, the importance of the work, its impact and its reception in the light of changing social and political conditions.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 105-121
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Bulgarian