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The Status of Literature through the Status of the Word: Reflections and Doubts about the Boundaries of Literature

Author(s): Simeon Yanev
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN

Summary/Abstract: The article tackles the problem of the boundaries of literature via the primeval embedment of humans in the word. Depending on whether this word belongs to God or man, the author calls of Foulcault to postulate two basic statutes of language, which he takes to be markers of the boundary between literature and non-literary texts – referential speech, literary speech and speech in its literary status. These theoretical formulations are grounded in the 1100 years of Bulgarian literature. As a result of this analysis the author ascertains the existense of a special kind of language in Bulgarian literature – referential in nature yet mimicking literary models. This borderline and transitory language, merely mentioned in this text, is subject to another analysis.

  • Issue Year: 2001
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 5-28
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Bulgarian