Bulgarian Culture and the
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Българската култура и "духът" на Средиземноморието
Bulgarian Culture and the "Spirit' of the Mediterranean

Author(s): Nikolay Aretov
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN
Keywords: literature; identity; ideologies

Summary/Abstract: From its earliest days the Bulgarian human sciences have been ardently seeking the roots of Bulgarian culture, finding them in various "layers" and "substrata", affiliating Bulgarians to various communities, constituting, imagining and suggesting their millennial unity and intransigence. Though interesting in itself, this debate is doubly interesting as an illustration of human sciences' vulnerability to political influence and commitments, to marketeering, group or personal goals and unformulated conscious and unconscious desires. The issue in question represents a peculiar actualizing and unfolding of one element of the topical syntheses suggested by Svetozar Igov. The seeking of the "Mediterranean spirit" in Bulgarian culture is an useful and, in a way, pleasant endeavor that for a number of reasons has so far been shelved. It is charged with many questions and hides the usual risks of aberration.

  • Issue Year: 2002
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 5-9
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: Bulgarian