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Фройдизъм и постмодернизъм: отвъд фигурата на бащата
Freudism and Postmodernism: Beyond the Figure of the Father

Author(s): Plamen Antov
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Институт по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: Freudism; Lacan; Bulgarian Postmodernism of 1990s; Modernism and contra-modernism; murder of the Father

Summary/Abstract: The study reads the mistification „Bulgarian Antology“ (1998) – a manyfest and constituent act of the „young“ postmodern Bulgarian poetry of the 1990s – as an initiation murder of the Father, a symbolic figure of the Bulgarian Modernism overlaying the „long“ 20. century, from Pencho Slaveykov to immediate predecessors – a figure ambivalent, twofold, including both the „good“ and the „bad“ fathers. Actually, this inititation gesture of the „young“ of the 90s dialectic repeats and suspends an identical selfconstitutive gesture of the Bulgarian Modernism (the anthology-mystification „On the Isle of the Blessed“ by Pencho Slaveykov, 1910). The well-known Freud’s subject („Totem and Taboo“) is read through its Lacanian interpretation: the act of murder in the present and the reality is realized as a historization of the father’s figure, i.e. hi is institucionalized („adorated“) as a part of the Literary Canon. And the coincidence between the murder and the adoration consists in the difference between a real and a symbolic. It postulated the dialectical essence of the Bulgarian Postmodernism through the formula „Postmodernism = Modernism + contra-modernism“: the „murder“ of the Father modernist connected with a nostalgic rehabilitation of the pre-modern, patriarchal figure Grandfather (symbolically – in the person of „grandfather Vazov“), seen as a fugure standing beyond the murdered Father, as a his symbolic projection. The concrete literary subject is included in the dual character of the Modernity itself.

  • Issue Year: XXII/2013
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 78-90
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Bulgarian