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Възможните и невъзможни истории на българската литература на ХХ век
The Possible and Impossible Histories of Bulgarian Literature in the 20th century

Author(s): Elka Traykova
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Bulgarian Literature
Published by: Пловдивски университет »Паисий Хилендарски«
Keywords: 20th century – sociocultural and political context; chronological approach; literary-historical narrative; literary histories; methodological principles
Summary/Abstract: The text shall try to present a possible literary-historical reconstruction of the histories of Bulgarian literature published in the 20th century. It will trace how literary history was read and conceptualized through them in different sociocultural contexts. It will mark the mechanisms through which literary history build the canon of Bulgarian literature, insisting on its unique and unchangeable value. It will outline how differently authors in different periods sort and rearrange the authors and the works chronologically or hierarchically in a complex historical megatext. And how in different authors the megatext reveals – forgets; praises – denies some basic art and aesthetics signs and how they, through their dialogue and polemics, construct different models of national spiritual plot. That presupposes literary history as memory of the past as well as respecting knowledge, stored in documentary evidence and archive documents, but also as subjective author’s conceptions.In this sense, in the creation of the literary-historical narrative is important not only the aesthetical and sociopolitical context, but also the figure of the author who creates both literature and history. Literary histories as an author’s project or as collective academic experience, as a pretense for a fundamental conceptualization of processes in art or as fragmentary plots can be reminded and read as objective or manipulated narratives about a national literature. They can be interpreted in a unique cultural context where multiple creative and existential plots that meet, intersect, discuss and complement.