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Въображение и справедливост
Imagination and Justice

Author(s): Aleksander Kiossev
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence, Studies of Literature, Theory of Literature, Philosophy of Law
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN
Keywords: Justice; Good; Understanding; Low; Modern literature; Imagination; Limits of Understanding; Chekhov;Nabokov;

Summary/Abstract: This text is a lecture delivered in the “Forum for justice”, established in 2019 in memoriam to the friend and intellectual ally Christian Takov, a professor in low, who passed away in 2017. The lecture explores the concept of justice with methods unusual for philosophical or juridical inquiry – the interpretative techniques of literary theory. Central is the hypothesis that the various forms of literary imagination are instrumental in awarding a major hermeneutical Good – understanding; a claim, exemplified by a close reading of works by Anton Chekhov and Vladimir Nabokov. Narratology (especially the various patterns of relationship between the omniscient narrator and literary characters, limited in their knowledge), is used as a methodological tool to investigate the forms of uneven distribution of this Good in different historical epochs. The lecture concludes that unlike literature in previous centuries, modern literature is in its very nature utopian enterprise: its mission consists in universalizing understanding up to the limits of human nature.

  • Issue Year: 63/2020
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 3-26
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Bulgarian