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Потенциите на фигурата: между наративните характери и реторическите похвати
Potentialities of the Figure: Between Narrative Characters and Rhetorical Devices

Author(s): Darin Tenev
Subject(s): Philosophy, Language studies, Studies of Literature, Philosophical Traditions, Semiology, Aesthetics, Theory of Literature
Published by: Институтът по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: figure; literary character; metaphor; allegory; potentiality; philosophy and literature

Summary/Abstract: The understanding of “literary figure” is often divided between the narrative character and the rhetorical device. Both meanings are often operatively employed and thematically analysed in contemporary philosophy. The first part of this essay is focused on the effects stemming from the generalization of the role of metaphor and the correlative reduction of the figure in present-day Bulgarian philosophy, with a particular stress on the notion of metaphorical potentiality, introduced by Kristiyan Enchev, and of metaphorical effect, introduced by Dimitar Vatsov. The second part of the essay discusses the use of literary characters (such as Antigone, Don Juan, Bartleby, etc.) in philosophical texts, the main claim being that this use reveals the transfiguration of narrative figures into rhetorical figures, related to the difference between narrative potentiality and character potentiality.

  • Issue Year: XXVI/2017
  • Issue No: 2-3
  • Page Range: 17-35
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Bulgarian