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Тоталитаризмът и моделирането на литературната история (модернизмът и неговите интерпертации)
Totalitarianism and Moulding Literary History (Modernism and its Interpretations)

Author(s): Elka Dimitrova
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN
Keywords: Totalitarianism; literary history

Summary/Abstract: The text presents some ideas about how totalitarian culture affects literary history by reducing, reinterpreting, and reevaluating facts. In this case modernism is in the focus - Bulgarian modernism and its modernist and further interpretations. The main point is that totalitarian culture tended to reduce the ideological importance of modernism, as far as it saw in this trend an alternative mirror image. Thus modernism was in a way isolated rather as a chronological period of culture with certain ideological, poetical and genre features. The stress was removed from its essential importance exactly as ideology and poetics, which could have expanded its interpretation in wider cultural aspects. These speculations are based, firstly, on the self-reflection of the modernists themselves, and secondly - on certain tendencies in world literary studies to discuss modernism as a concept, broader than the movement which were chronologically fixed between approximately the middle of 19th and the middle of 20th centuries.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 51-56
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: Bulgarian