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Автореконструкция на социалистическия интелектуалец - случаят Богомил Райнов
Auto-Reconstruction of the Socialist Intellectual – the Case of Bogomil Raynov

Author(s): Galina Georgieva
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts, Studies of Literature, Bulgarian Literature
Published by: ЮГОЗАПАДЕН УНИВЕРСИТЕТ »НЕОФИТ РИЛСКИ«
Keywords: Socialism; autobiography; intellectual; power; politics of the self; public; private.
Summary/Abstract: The text focuses on the politics of self-fashioning and the strategies for constructing of the autobiographical self in memoir literature, written by Bogomil Raynov, key figure in Bulgarian intellectual life during the socialist period. Raynov creates a character, who influences the establishment of tendencies, the opinions of some specific political figures and some concrete forms of party politics from a position, set in a complex relation to the official “seat” of power, thus having not really ideological, yet still authoritative place in the formation of the aesthetics and politics of the period. The analysis attempts to show that the reflexive self-fashioning of the intellectual in a situation of a repressive regime, done in the context of an always selective life-narrative, relies on diverse strategies for legitimizing of an image of life, in which the integrity of the subject is impossible.

  • Page Range: 131-137
  • Page Count: 7
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • Language: Bulgarian