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The Blaumanis Moment: National Literature Enters the Stage of Art
The Blaumanis Moment: National Literature Enters the Stage of Art

Author(s): Benedikts Kalnačs
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: TARTU ÜLIKOOLI KIRJASTUS

Summary/Abstract: My aim in this article is to discuss the literary field in Latvia slightly before 1900. More specifically, I want to focus on the particular situation when literature written in the Latvian language ceases to be a product of didactic intention and moralizing value, and makes the crucial step in recognizing its rights to submerge into primarily aesthetic issues. It is also the moment when the personality of the author cuts through the still mostly realistic surface of literary works, making him (or her) be perceived as unmistakably present, even if this move often remains unnoticed by most contemporary and even later observers.

  • Issue Year: XVII/2012
  • Issue No: 1+2
  • Page Range: 314-326
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English