ULYSSES AND HIS DOPPELGÄNGER (The Antiquity, the National Philosophy of Toncho Jechev and the Poetry of the 90-s) Cover Image
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Одисей и неговият двойник Античността, националната философия на Тончо Жечев и поезията на 90-те
ULYSSES AND HIS DOPPELGÄNGER (The Antiquity, the National Philosophy of Toncho Jechev and the Poetry of the 90-s)

Author(s): Boyan Manchev
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Фондация за хуманитарни и социални изследвания - София
Keywords: Ulysses' character in Bulgarian culture; Odyssey in the Bulgarian poetry

Summary/Abstract: The paper inquires in the symptomatic appearance of Ulysses' character in Bulgarian culture during the last two decades. The structural elements of Ulysses' character that allow its integration in T. Jechev's ideological essay The Myth of Ulysses are viewed. Ulysses' double status as an exemplar Greek hero, on the one hand, and as a hero of the departure from the domestic, on the other, allows his figure to be used as a legitimation of the Bulgarian national project - revealing Bulgarian culture as an inheritor of the universal culture of Antiquity, yet at the same time testifying the difference from the latter. The second part of the paper views at the appearance of Ulysses' character and of the arche-text of Odyssey in the Bulgarian poetry of the 90-s. This utterance is conceived as an implicit reaction not only against Jechev's national ideology but against binding the poetical with the political in general.

  • Issue Year: 2002
  • Issue No: 13
  • Page Range: 79-101
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Bulgarian