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Вторият сюжет: метаморфозата в „Грехът на Иван Белин”
The Second Plot: the Metamorphosis in ‘Ivan Belin’s Sin’

Author(s): Radosvet Kolarov
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN
Keywords: Jordan Jovkov; ‘Ivan Belin’s Sin’; plot

Summary/Abstract: The article sets out the hypothesis that the symbolic space in fiction, its subtext could be created from an alternative sense-generating centre, in relation to the main plot design, which could construct an anti-plot. It does not supplement or clarify the main plot organized by the story, it just deconstructs it. The work of such a mechanism is demonstrated by an analysis of Jordan Jovkov’s short story ‘Ivan Belin’s Sin’. While the conventional plot presents a resistance and postponement of completing the main events of the story – the meeting of the shepherd with the she-wolf that he kills and that has two cubs, in the sub-text space the two protagonists run one toward the other exchanging mutually asymmetrical binary semantic features so that they change places – the she-wolf acquires human characteristics while the shepherd symbolically turns into a wolf.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 5-17
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Bulgarian