On the Quadrature of Circle: Poe’s ‘Nevermore’ Motif and the Bulgarian Literary (Non-)Modernism Cover Image
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За квадратурата на кръга: Мотивът 'Nevermore' на По и българският литературен (не)модернизъм
On the Quadrature of Circle: Poe’s ‘Nevermore’ Motif and the Bulgarian Literary (Non-)Modernism

Author(s): Nikita Nankov
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Институт за литература - БАН
Keywords: Poe; Debelyanov; Yavorov; Trayanov; Elin Pelin; literature; identity

Summary/Abstract: An article is focused on the structuring ideological, esthetic and poetical functions of the motif ‘Nevermore’ (presented in Poe’s poem The Raven) into Bulgarian literature. The first stage of examination deals with the adoption of the motif in Bulgarian symbolist poetry especially Debelyanov’s ‘Nevermore’ (1907, 1908, 1910), Yavorov’s ‘Shepot nasame’ and Trayanov’s ‘Tazhen privet’ (1909, 1912, 1928). Next stage of the analysis shows that the motif ‘Nevermore’ (in Elin Pelin work ‘Salza Mladenova’) can be used as a stepping-stone in the study of the parody dialog between Bulgarian modernist poetry and non-modernist literature. This way of thinking outlines two perspectives to analyze the motif: 1. Examination of relationship between The Raven and four famous Bulgarian literary works, on one hand, and, seeing the parody as a dialog, gives an opportunity to discuss much more complicated problems such as identity of Bulgarian literature and its European or/and Balkan belonging, on the other.

  • Issue Year: 2000
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 159-196
  • Page Count: 38
  • Language: Bulgarian