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Литературни легенди – втори стазим (текст за Петър Динеков)
Literary Legends – Second Stasim (Text about Petar Dinekov)

Author(s): Yulia Yordanova
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN
Keywords: Dinekov; Literary history; Literary canon; Anthropology

Summary/Abstract: One of the first articles of the Bulgarian philologist Petar Dinekov Literary Legends (1937) provides the occasion for this analysis. Petar Dinekov wrote about the risks of making-up scientific legends for literature for the first time in Bulgarian scholarship, before its ideological stagnation in the period after 1944. This way of critical thinking and volition of reexamination of the historiography in the field of literary knowledge are defined as ‘first stasim’ of the drama of the Bulgarian humanitarian thought where Dinekov brings the academic history of literature in question. Scrutinizing Dinekov’s ideas, in terms of the last changes in the Bulgarian humanitarian context (after the crash of the communist regime’s ideology in 1989), we can speak about ‘second stasim’ in the literary history researches and about some kind of a reinforced scholarly interest in the problems of the folklore. This article analyzes Petar Dinekov’s history-theoretical conception about the place of the folkloristic in the humanitarian academic corpus. The actual question about the contemporary borderline position of the folkloristic is discussed in the following perspectives: 1. Folkloristic between “expert” knowledge of literary history and ethnography, on the one hand, and “ideological” knowledge of eclectic science as anthropology and philology – on the other hand. 2. Crossroad position of the folkloristic researches – between romantic-nationalistic intellectual project of philology and Euro-expansionistic intellectual project of anthropology. The third perspective discusses the place of the folkloristic between literary-philological understanding (about oral and written word) and ethno-anthropological knowledge about custom and nature of living.

  • Issue Year: 2003
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 122-135
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Bulgarian