Paradoxes of Supremacy: Configurations of the Power in Vasil Drumev’s Play “Ivanko the Murderer of Assen I” Cover Image
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Парадоксите на господството. Властови конфигурации в „Иванко, убиецът на Асеня I“ от В. Друмев
Paradoxes of Supremacy: Configurations of the Power in Vasil Drumev’s Play “Ivanko the Murderer of Assen I”

Author(s): Maria Ilchevska
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN
Keywords: Literature; Power; Drumev; History

Summary/Abstract: The present text sets out to examine the transformation of generally human, philosophical, mythological (also folklore) patterns into the literature of Bulgarian revival, as it concentrates its interest on the way different power and leadership models intertwine in this process. The attention is focused on the mechanisms of authority-display, as they are presented in V. Droumev’s masterpiece “Ivanko”. This drama has been acknowledged as a highly symptomatic manifestation of the specific manner of Bulgarian revival literature. It absorbs and gives new meaning to traditional heritage, as well as to the interpretation of power as a specific essence melting into one different spheres of the deeply human – religious, psychological, social, intellectual, ethnic. The network of different semantic layers, the mutual transformation of micro- and macro- segments of power ontology have been investigated. A basic question for the text is the place of power between the oppositions strength (involving inducement) and justice. The study attempts to analyze this split and the paradoxical configurations, combinations and unexpected coincidences in various syntagmatic and paradigmatic dimensions. Power (being not only domination, supremacy, oppression, tyranny, control, but also authority, influence, arresting magnetism) is explored as simultaneously blending the oppositions and transitions between some basic reference points. Power is the peculiar unity which merges the worlds of might, intensity, vehemence and stamina with the rules of justice, fairness, equity, impartiality under the arch of the conditions of the ethnic and social wholeness and integrity. The double mutual identification is the main notion of power in the text. It is regarded as an activation of the archaic cosmogonic myth of ambivalence, which is semantically equal and relevant to completeness.

  • Issue Year: 2003
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 46-58
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Bulgarian