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Исторически възстановки на „героичното време“
Historical Reenactments of the “Heroic Time”

Author(s): Svetla Kazalarska
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Cultural history, Customs / Folklore, Ethnohistory, Local History / Microhistory, Political history, Recent History (1900 till today), Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: heroic anthropology;historical reenactments;heroic time;affective turn;performative turn;authenticity;

Summary/Abstract: Historical reenactments gradually turned into a compulsory element in public ceremonies and rituals commemorating since late 19th c. the national liberation struggles in Bulgaria. Regarded usually as phenomena of popular culture or as expressions of the popular nationalism, these forms of public reenactment of the past are still insufficiently studied in Bulgaria. The current text attempts to outline a research program for an anthropological analysis of the historical reenactments of the “heroic time,” influenced by the inquiries of the performative and the affective turns in the social and human sciences. Taking grounds from the viewpoint of thereen actors, the outlined exploratory directions include: personal motivation, collective cause and emotions related to the experience; relationship with the audience;spectacular, theatrical and performative effects; scenography and dramaturgical aspects; considerations of authenticity and historical veracity. The analysis is based on commentaries in specialized online forums about historical reenactments.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 38-53
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Bulgarian