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Социализъм и детство. Съзряване и преход
Socialism and Childhood: Maturation and Transition

Author(s): Albena Vacheva
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Bulgarian Literature, Philology
Published by: Софийски университет »Св. Климент Охридски«
Keywords: Transition; socialism; novels; childhood; disciplines; ideologies
Summary/Abstract: The article aims to present and analyze several Bulgarian novels written in the post-1989 period and depicting childhood under socialism. These are mostly texts with a strong autobiographical element, which allows for a reading that focuses on their conception of childhood and adolescence set within an attempted global reconstruction of the social context in the socialist era. Another object of analysis in the article is the confrontation of private and public life, the conformity with or opposition to various forms of disciplining (within the family, the school and the work setting). At the same time, all of the selected novels place maturation – physical, mental and cognitive – in the post-1989 period, thus enabling examination of where and how the characters position themselves and their personal strategies in the first ten years after the Transition.