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„Латвийският стил” в изкуството и културата на всекидневието (Към постановката на проблема)
“Latvian Style” in Art and Everyday Culture (Setting Forth the Issue)

Author(s): Svetlana Ryzhakova
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН

Summary/Abstract: Cultural imagination plays an extremely important role in the construction of cultural identities of different ranges and functions, including ethnicity. Several factors seem to precondition this organization, namely traditions of historical writing, that exist in a particular society, the quantity and variety of historical sources, methodology of analysis and common context for comparison, as well as “national styles” as peculiar cultural constructions. Contemporary concepts of ethnic and national cultures, in my view, give the possibility to introduce the concept “of style”, also, into the ethnographical studies: with its aid some processes, investigated by precisely this discipline, can be more accurately determined and classified. And moreover: the formation of the ethnos and the nations can be considered as the formation of this “style”. As language, style can be analyzed according to it’s “thesaurus” (emic items) and “grammar” (principles of the organization of elements), which makes style as the cultural code, “style of life”, “style of behavior” etc. The article deals with the most typical characteristics, being described as features of “Latvian style” in the waste texts of Latvian folklore, fine literature and publicistics.

  • Issue Year: XXXV/2009
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 084-091
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Bulgarian