“Alas, I am no person but a lunatic...“. Specificities of Problematic Existence in the Poem “Lunatichka“ Cover Image
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„Уви, не съм човек, а лунатичка...“ – специфики на проблематичната екзистенция в поемата „Лунатичка“ на Дора Габе
“Alas, I am no person but a lunatic...“. Specificities of Problematic Existence in the Poem “Lunatichka“

Author(s): Preslava Georgieva
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Philology, Theory of Literature
Published by: Софийски университет »Св. Климент Охридски«
Keywords: lunatic; Dora Gabe; Bulgarian women’s literature of the Interwar Period; social preoccupation; existential crisis

Summary/Abstract: This text explores the psychological and physical specificities that, when put together, make up the main character of the poem “Lunatichka” (“Lunatic”) by Dora Gabe. It also attempts to place Gabe’s work in Bulgarian interwar literature. The poem itself paints a clear picture of a crisis in human existence and social marginalisation, which allows it to be placed within the framework of one of the strands in the development of Bulgarian literature in the 1930s. The main emphasis in this text, however, is laid on an attempt to disentangle the unique melding of mind, soul and body that the author calls “lunatichka“. This last argument suggests that, with her poem, Gabe opens a new avenue for the development of Bulgarian interwar literature. A key facet of this avenue is the mystical experience endowing the soul with greater sensitivity to human suffering and reflecting the existential crisis typical of the period in both its individual and its collective dimension.

  • Issue Year: 2020
  • Issue No: 25
  • Page Range: 242-255
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Bulgarian