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Кирил Христов. Конструкти на въобразеното чуждо: славянство, славянщина
Kiril Hristov. Constructions of Imagined Otherness: Slavs, Slavicness

Author(s): Lyubka Lipcheva-Prandzeva
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Language studies, Language and Literature Studies, Education, Studies of Literature, Bulgarian Literature, South Slavic Languages, Vocational Education, Adult Education, Higher Education , Inclusive Education / Inclusion
Published by: Национално издателство за образование и наука „Аз-буки“
Keywords: foreign cultural space; political poetry; Slavophilia; utopian retrospection

Summary/Abstract: For the Bulgarian poet Kiril Hristov, the coordinate system of foreign-ness encompasses three fundamental ethnocultural dimensions: Italian-ness, Slavic-ness and German-ness. The present essay aims to discuss the two basic stages of the utopian modelling of Slavic-ness in his oeuvre. In his works such “Slavic sun” and “Fate” (the period before the Balkan wars), the poet vocally contested the potential of the “imposed” and “ready-made”, prescribed political project of Slavophils. In the novel “White devils” and his journal “The times and the contemporaries” (the period after WW1), Kiril Hristov built a utopian retrospective of the ideal foreign-ness through the story of the former “Wends” – the Slavic tribes that were forcefully melted in the Germanic world. The novel’s self leaves that Germany he used to dream about after realizing that it was the engulfed and forever lost Slavic-ness that had drawn him irresistibly to it in the first place.

  • Issue Year: 60/2018
  • Issue No: 6
  • Page Range: 631-642
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Bulgarian