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Символиката на отвъдното - извор за естетиката на романтизма и абсурдизма
The Otherworldly Symbolism as a Source for the Aesthetics of Romanticism and Absurdism

Author(s): Stefana Mincheva
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology
Published by: Пловдивски университет »Паисий Хилендарски«
Keywords: symbolism; aesthetics of romantic; absurdist movements
Summary/Abstract: This article presents highlights of the influence of otherworldly symbolism over the aesthetics of romantic and absurdist movements. Romantic stories often present a fight for a just cause on a personal, social or an universal scale. The foredoomed clash of ideals and reality gives a tinge of doubt in the very beginning of action in those genres. Thus the imagery of death, destruction and chaos is firmly connected with the romantic setting. On one hand it enhances the contrast of the heroic appearance and deeds, hence making the heroic exploit possible; and on the other – it derives influential strength from the force of chaos. Likewise, through demolition and rejection of possible meanings, the absurd affirms death as the only certain thing. As in mythology, chaos contains all the fragments necessary for the construction of meaningful structures as well as the asemia needed to trigger the creative mind. When an old semantic structure as an ideology or social order has to be replaced with another one, the old one needs to be demolished, leaving its parts but rearranging them in order to build a new stable semantic entity. Popular romantic texts are drawn as practical examples to illustrate the discussed tendency. However, human mind is capable of revealing or making sense in any random piece of information, due to the ancient layers of meanings, which make “being” possible.