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„Албена” от Йордан Йовков – думи и отзвучавания
Yordan Yovkov’s Albena: Words and Reverberations

Author(s): Veneta Doicheva
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките
Keywords: Yordan Yovkov; Albena; sensibility; language;musicality;

Summary/Abstract: The article comments on Yordan Yovkov’s play Albena in one aspect: with respect to sensibility, especially focusing on the artistic devices used to include and achieve sound sensibility in the general dramatic life. The point of reference of this exposition is Yovkov’s personal understanding of language as an artistic device. Highlighted are the comparisons he made between the living colloquial and literary languages, underscoring his striving to use language as a medium, maximally close to the natural environment of its usage. Attention is paid to the relationship between music and language, where musicality in Yovkov’s understanding is innate to a genuine literary work. Underscored are his auto-poetic requirements for the art of storytelling and observation is made that the strategy of the author’s abstracting himself makes it similar to dramatic works. On the basis of these observations the specifics of the language of Albena are commented from the viewpoint of the observed literary norm and the fitted in east-Bulgarian vernacular. The example of two characters and their linguistic expression is used to observe the applied by Yovkov technique of individualisation, based on lexical and syntactic repetitions, defined as ‘refrainness’. It is noted that starting from a concrete linguistic point, with this move Yovkov achieves consolidation of themes and transforms the dialogue into revealing an authentic existential experience. Suggested are perspectives of theatrics shown through these specifics.

  • Issue Year: 2021
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 37-40
  • Page Count: 4
  • Language: Bulgarian