Elena Guéorguiéva - Postmodernism and Literary Canon: a Fortunate Encounter

slovo:6141 - Slovo, February 25, 2020, How to think of literary history in the 21st century in the Euro-Asian space? - https://doi.org/10.46298/slovo.2020.6141
Postmodernism and Literary Canon: a Fortunate Encounter

Authors: Elena Guéorguiéva

By addressing the question of literary canon trough its dual constitutive and representative function with regard to national identity, the author questions the conceptual opposition on which the relations between postmodernism and canon are founded in Serbian and Bulgarian literatures. In both those cultures postmodern thought and poetics contribute to challenge the traditional understanding of canon and history of literature. Serbian authors are criticised for being more interested in dialogue with foreign literatures and thus turning away from the national specificities which were, till then, usually put forward by literary criticism. The Bulgarian writers, on the contrary, gladly look back at the texts of the first Bulgarian classics but they do so by rewriting them in a parodic way in order to reveal the literary structure of the national myths. However, despite the apparent incompatibility between postmodernism and literary canon, their encounter during the last decades of the twentieth century played a key role in moving towards a new concept of history of literature which relies more than ever on the principles of polyphony and dialogism.

Volume: How to think of literary history in the 21st century in the Euro-Asian space?
Published on: February 25, 2020
Submitted on: February 24, 2020
Keywords: история на литературата,литературен канон,постмодернизъм,полифония,диалогичност,сръбска и българска литература,literary canon,history of literature,postmodernism,polyphony,dialogism,Serbian and Bulgarian literature,canon littéraire,histoire de la littérature,postmodernisme,polyphonie,dialogisme,littératures serbe et bulgare,[SHS.LITT]Humanities and Social Sciences/Literature


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