Bulgarian renaissance literature (XVIIIth - XIX th c.)

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Literary, social and cultural problems of the Bulgarian Renaissance. Director of studies: Prof. Rumyana Damyanova, DSc.

The study of literary, social and cultural problems of the Bulgarian Renaissance takes several directions: concluding the enyclopedia: “The Bulgarian Renaissance. Literature. Periodicals. Literary life” which comprises all aspects of cultural life during the Bulgarian Renaissance: authors, periodicals, literary genres, cultural circles, social and cultural aspects of the literary history of Bulgarian Renaissance (folk literature, paratextual problems, sponsorship as a phenomenon of literary and cultural life in the 19th century), as well as an extensive study of literary and cultural centres during the Bulgarian Renaissance.

A basic form of scientific dialogue is the established Annual Collegium of Renaissance literature which comprises little studied topics such as emigration and literature, religion and literature, cultural centres and communities, documental prose, fiction and quotations in Renaissance literature, which are important themes in the literary development of Bulgarian Renaissance. Research workers from all scientific centres in the country participate at the Collegium every year.

The encyclopedia: “The Bulgarian Renaissance. Literature. Periodicals. Literary life”

The project is approved and sponsored by the Ministry of Education and all Department members participate in analysing the materials. The encyclopedia is an edition comprising the complete literary and cultural life during the 18th and 19th centuries. The index of articles comprises 1300 titles, adding up to a total of around 1800 pages.

The encyclopedia comprises:

  • All known, less well known and unknown authors in literary science
  • All periodical publications: newspapers, journals, series and libraries
  • Main genre forms
  • All manifestations of social and cultural activities: libraries, associations, circles, schools, publishers, printers, booksellers and bookstores
  • All cultural centres in and outside Bulgaria (Istanbul, Vienna, Odessa, Moscow, Edirne, Ohrid, etc.)
  • The first presentation of all foreign scholars who studied the problems and processes of the Bulgarian Renaissance

The encyclopedia on the Bulgarian Renaissance will be a very useful and necessary reference book for teachers and students, as well as for researchers studying the literary and cultural development during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Bulgaria and Russia - concepts and reality (from the 18th to the 20th century) - a joint research project with the Institute for Slavonic Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences. Director of studies: Prof. Rumyana Damyanova, DSc. The topic of the project offers modern interpretative approaches - cultural, psychological and historical. The aim is to study and clarify those sides of the Bulgarian-Russian relations which outline the images of the national identity and reveal unfamiliar or little interpreted works and problems of the literary development of Bulgaria and Russia.

Christian culture and national identity during the Bulgarian Renaissance - a joint re-search project with the Slovansky Ustav Institute at the Czech Academy of Sciences. Director of studies: Prof. Rumyana Damyanova, DSc and Marcel Cerny, PhD. The project studies the issues, related to Christian culture and its role in the formation of Bulgar-ian society during the Renaissance period. The emphasis is on the identification processes, the differentiation of the new civic and cultural value system and the participation of Czech nationals in the cultural processes in Bulgaria.

Ivan D. Shishmanov and the Modernization of the Humanities in Bulgaria. Director of studies: Assoc. Prof. Rumyana Damyanova, DSc. By studying Prof. Ivan D. Shishmanov's versatile scientific achievements, the project aims at outlining the ways of setting European standards for Bulgarian science. Shishmanov's Readings are held annually within the framework of the project and four volumes of essays and popular in-formation materials have been published so far.


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