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Между деконструкции и реконструкции на българския драматургичен канон след 1989 година
Between deconstructions and reconstructions: The canon of Bulgarian playwriting after 1989

Author(s): Nikolay Yordanov
Subject(s): History, Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Recent History (1900 till today)
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The paper deals with the binary opposition official-alternative literary canon, particularly in Bulgarian playwriting. Following 1989, a number of studies were published and conferences and discussions were held about the matter, but a final consensus on many of the broached issues has not been reached as yet. Apparently though, in the course of the changes in social paradigms in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s striving for a quest for alternative canons was witnessed along with a motion that originally, many canons, rather than a single privileged Canon, exist. These constructions retained the logics of the canon-establishing mechanisms and the acknowledgements of the environment (both in the past and the present), but this was done from alternative viewpoints; a pluralistic option was allowed in some cases, which reconciled different visions of the canon. The study traces the discussions conducted within the professional theatrical circles, the major research events and publications on the canon of Bulgarian playwriting and its readings after 1989. Methodologically, its cardinal issue was whether or not to stick to the model of official–nonofficial theatrical culture of the period under communism. The author believes that we need a more precise evaluation of the theatre-makers and the art practices of that period, without abandoning for good the dividing line between tolerated writers and works and the victims of repression or at the same time heroising persons and works with hindsight.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 17-23
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: English, Bulgarian