Dystopia in the conditions of postmodernity? A bulgarian case Cover Image

Dystopia w warunkach ponowoczesności? Przypadek bułgarski
Dystopia in the conditions of postmodernity? A bulgarian case

Author(s): Ewelina Drzewiecka
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Wydział Polonistyki Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: Weselin Stojanow; literatura bułgarska; dystopia; parafraza biblijna; ponowoczesność; Veselin Stoyanov; Bulgarian literature; dystopia; Biblical paraphrase; Postmodernity

Summary/Abstract: The topic of the paper is Gnostic, and therefore {total}, experience of the world as a {bad place} in the context of the postulate (resulting from the postmodern critical attitude) to replace the total programs of the world’s transformation with partial transformations. A novel by Veselin Stoyanov (1957-2014) {Аутопсия на Тялото}, constitutes the subject matter of the analyses. The interpretative perspective is given by the utopian/dystopian discourse, especially by the category of ‘dystopia’ as interpreted by M. Keith Booker. The reflection is focused on the consequences of the author's attempt at reinterpreting and even unmasking a total thought, as well as on the diagnosis of world’s corruption in relation to the social criticism. Therefore, a crucial meaning is given to the question of the writer’s involvement, and finally – to the status of {evil} in literature. The paper raises the question of the functioning of the dystopia in the conditions of postmodernity.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 4 (7)
  • Page Range: 435-453
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Polish