The Light in the Shadow and the Shadow in the Light Cover Image

Светлината в сянката и сянката в светлината
The Light in the Shadow and the Shadow in the Light

An observation on the structure of the dramatism in Τhe Vampire by Anton Strashimirov

Author(s): Nikolaj Kirilov
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature
Published by: Национална библиотека »Св. св. Кирил и Методий«
Keywords: vampire motif; dark side; Gothic-Byronic tradition

Summary/Abstract: The first play with a vampire motif in the history of Bulgarian literature is the subject of this article. Strashimirov’s drama is analyzed in juxtaposition with the Gothic-Byronic Western European tradition. The main dramatic structure around the love triangle is examined not simply as a social or a Romeo-and-Juliet type of conflict, but as a mirror-symmetry structure. In this way The Vampire is observed as a dramatic work not only with a single antihero vampire, but as an interpretation of vampirism as metaphorical ‘lexis’ of‘the dark side’ of the human being.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 57 -64
  • Page Count: 4
  • Language: Bulgarian