Department of Modern and Contemporary Bulgarian Literature

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Head of Department.: Assoc. Prof. Elka Traykova, PhD
Room no. 707, tel.: 979 29 88
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Historical details :

This Department is a basic and representative section of the Institute, ever since the latter’s foundation in 1948. In the ‘seventies it was included in the larger Department of the History of Bulgarian Literature, later it was reduced to the history of Bulgarian literature from the Liberation till 1944 and in the ‘eighties, it was expanded once again to comprise the History of Literature from 1879 onwards. The first Head of Department was Acad. L. Stoyanov, who was succeeded by Acad. G. Tzanev (1950 - 1975), Prof. St. Karolev, PhD (1975 – 1981), Prof. I. Sarandev, PhD (1982 – 1989), Assoc. Prof. M. Shiskova PhD (1990 – 1993), Assoc. Prof. K. Buklova PhD (1993 – 1999), Prof. Elka Konstantinova, Dr.habil (1999-2003). It is presently directed by Assoc. Prof. Elka Traykova PhD.

Scope of activities :

This Department focuses on the last 120 years of literary history, when Bulgarian literature originated and developed in an independent Bulgarian nation. Some of the best works and the most distinctive literary personalities belong to this period. The Department’s main research objectives are: to investigate literary and historical facts, analyze literary personae and phenomena; to study literary trends, circles and developing processes and to interpret and systematize them, so as to reconstruct the historical character and basic directions of Bulgarian literature during this period. One of the Department’s major tasks is the compilation of an Academic Dictionary of New Bulgarian Literature.

Selected publications :

  • Essays in the History of Modern Bulgarian Literature after the 9th September, 1944, vol. 1 Theory. Novel. Drama (1979) ; vol. 2. Poetry. Novelette. Short Story (1980)
  • Periodicals and Literature, vols. I - V (1985, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999)
  • Publication of 40 interviews with famous Bulgarian writers, poets and literary critics belonging to different generations (from Dora Gabe and Elisaveta Bagryana to Petar Karaangov).
  • Collected Essaysdedicated to Bulgarian authors' anniversaries:
    1. Nikola Vaptsarov. New Studies (1970)
    2. Nikola Vaptsarov. New Studies and Materials (1980)
    3. Elin Pelin, 100 years after his birth. New Studies (1982)
    4. Zahari Stoyanov. New Studies and Materials (1980)
    5. Yordan Yovkov, 1880 - 1980. New Studies (1982)
    6. Criticism. Essays. Folk Psychology. An anniversary edition in honour of Corr. Mem. Efrem Karanfilov (1988)
    7. Geo Milev. New Studies and Materials (1989)
    8. Dictionary of Modern Bulgarian Literature 1878-1992 (1994)
    9. Man and time. Collection of studies, dedicated to Sabina Belyaeva (1997)
    10. Vladimir Vasilev - author, work, destiny (1997)
    11. Book on Talev (1998)
    12. Aleko Konstantinov: The Eternal Contemporary: Papers and Reports from the Academic Conference Marking the 140th Anniversary of Aleko Konstantinov's Birth, June 2003 (2006)
    13. A Writer of Bulgaria: 100 Years since E. Stanev's Birth / Ed. Ivan Sarandev, Radka Pencheva (2007)
  • Tsanev, Georgi. Pages from the History of Bulgarian Literature in 4 volumes (1967-1975); The Historical Novel in Bulgarian Literature (1976)
  • Karolev, Stoyan. The Warrior Priest, vols. 1-2 (1976, new edition 1981); The The Unappeased. Book on Emilyan Stanev (1982)
  • Karanfilov, Efrem. Bulgarians, vols. 1-2 (1968-1971, 2nd edition 1973, 3rd edition 1980); Anton Strashirmirov and the Bulgarian Mind (1979, 2nd edition 1987); Book on the National Destiny. Notes on Bulgarian Rebels (1983)
  • Zhechev, Toncho. Ideas in Prose (1967) Bulgarian Easter or Bulgarian Passions (1975, 2nd edition 1976, 3rd edition 1980, 4th edition 1985); Introduction to the Study of Modern Bulgarian Literature (1878-1944) (1990)
  • Kouyumdzhiev, Krysto. Life as a Song: Book on Kiril Hristov (1974, 2nd edition 1980); Dimitar Dimov. Monography (1987)
  • Belyaeva, Sabina. Time, Literature, Man: Observations on Contemporary Bulgarian Prose (1986)
  • Tsaneva, Milena. Ivan Vazov in Plovdiv (1966); Five Poets (1974); Ivan Vazov. Poetic Perspectives (1992)
  • Petrov, Zdravko. Silhouettes of Favourite Authors (1978)
  • Nikolov, Minko. Profiles and Problems. Studies and Articles on Bulgarian Literature (1989)
  • Vasilev, Yordan. Ivan Hadzhiyski and Bulgarian Culture (1988)
  • Konstantinova, Elka. Georgi Raychev. Life and Work (1982); The Imaginary and the Real. The Fantastic in Bulgarian Literary Prose (1987)
  • Sarandev, Ivan. Yordan Yovkov. Life and Work (1986); Bulgarian Literature. 1918-1945. Vol. 1. (2004), Vol. 2. (2005); In the World of "The Balkan Mountains' Legends" (2007)
  • Stamatov, Lyubomir. Dr. Kr. Krastev. Author and Critical Destiny (1987)
  • Sugarev, Edvin. Bulgarian Expressionism (1988); Nikolay Raynov - the God-searcher Theomachist (2007)
  • Yordanov, Alexander. Our Strange Modernism (1993)
  • A Chronicle of G. Milev's Life and Creative Work / Ed. I. Sarandev (2004)
  • Hristov, Ivaylo. Nikolay Haytov. Monography (2004). - 2nd ed. (2005); Nikolay Haytov's Last Battle (2006). - 2nd revised ed. (2007); Voices for N. Haytov (2008)
  • Todorova, Mariana. Alexander Gerov. The Recluse (2004)
  • Gospodinov, Georgi. Poetry and Media. Cinema, Radio and Advertisement in the Works of Vaptsarov and the Poets of the 1940s. (2005)
  • Classics and Avant-garde: Festshrift Dedicated to prof. I. Sarandev's 70th Anniversary / Comp. and Edit.: Sv. Karolev, Vl. Yanev, L. Malinova (2006)
  • The Modern Narrative. Intertextual Intersections : Problems of Bulgarian 20th c. Literature: Festshrift dedicated to prof. E. Konstantinova (2006)
  • Mladenov, Ivan. Conceptualizing Metaphors. On Charles Peirce's Marginalia (published by Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2006); An Anthology of Bulgarian Literature, co-edited with Professor Henry R. Cooper from Indiana University, published by "Slavica Publishers", Bloomigton, Indiana (2007)
  • Dakova, Bisera. Century and End-of-century. Positivism and Decadence in the 19th c. Bulgarian Literature : Aspects of Orientalism and Cultural Identity (2007)
  • Shivachev, Rumen. Dr. Krastev in His Letters (2006); Some Unknown Letters from Boyan Penev to Spiridon Kazandzhiev (2007)
  • Vatova, Penka. Identities : Literary and Cultural Images of Identity (2007)
  • Critical Heritage of Bulgarian Modernism. Vol 1-3. (2009)

Research projects :

Periodicals and literature. Director of studies: Assoc. Prof. Penka Vatova, PhD
New readings in modern and contemporary Bulgarian literature. Director of studies: Assoc. Prof. Svilen Karolev, PhD
Dictionary of Bulgarian Literature
. Director of studies: Assoc. Prof. Vihren Chernokozhev, PhD
Bulgarian Modernism: Outlook and Aesthetics, Discourse and Summing-Up. Director of studies: Edwin Sugarev, DSc. See presentation ...
Literarure and Politics. Director of studies: Assoc. Prof. Vihren Chernokozhev, PhD

Department members :

  • Prof. Ivan Mladenov, DSc
  • Assoc. Prof. Bisera Dakova, PhD
  • Assoc. Prof. Elka Traykova, PhD
  • Assoc. Prof. Mariana Todorova, PhD
  • Assoc. Prof. Penka Vatova, PhD
  • Assoc. Prof. Plamen Antov, PhD
  • Assoc. Prof. Svilen Karolev, PhD
  • Assoc. Prof. Tsvetanka Atanasova, PhD
  • Assoc. Prof. Vihren Chernokozhev, PhD
  • Research associate Bogomil Popov, PhD
  • Research associate Edvin Sugarev, DSc
  • Research associate Elka Dimitrova, PhD
  • Research associate Emilia Alexieva, PhD
  • Research associate Georgi Gospodinov, PhD
  • Research associate Ivaylo Hristov, PhD
  • Research associate Lyudmila Malinova, PhD
  • Research associate Marieta Girginova, PhD
  • Ivan Hristov, PhD
  • Marineli Dimitrova
  • Rositsa Chernokozheva
  • Rumen Shivachev


Institute for Literature
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
  • Bulgaria
  • 1113
  • Sofia
  • 52, Shipchenski prohod Blvd., bl. 17, 7th - 8th floors,
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