Survey of Extant Copies of Petar Bogdan’s (Petrus Deodatus) Writings (Published or Prepared for Publication)
Abstract. The paper presents the extant copies of the four books, prepared by Petar Bogdan for publishing: 1. The book in so-called Illyrian under the titel [in translation: Meditationes S. Bonaventurae, id est theophilic meditations on the mystery of the redemption of mankind, by St. Bonaventura, translated to Illyrian by Petăr Bogdan Bakšič, custos of Bulgaria and belonging to the Order of Friars Minor Observants of St. Francis]. Rome, 1638.
2. The appendix to the book is a poem on the two deaths of man, meant to be published separately. 3. The book in so-called Illyrian under the titel [in translation: “The celestial treasure of Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, translated by Petăr Bogdan Bakšič, a monk belonging to the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor, archbishop of Sardica or Sofia]. The book was published in 1643 in Rome. The fourth book prepared by the author for publication is known only in manuscript. It is a treatise written in Latin and entitled De antiquitate Paterni soli, et de rebus Bulgaricis [On the antiquity of the fatherland and on the deeds of the Bulgarians]. The manuscript is kept in Estense Library in Modena (Italy).
Keywords: Оld Bulgarian books; Seventeenth century; Bulgarian Catholics; Petar Bogdan Deodatus
Prof. Dr. Liliya Ilieva
South-West University Blagoevgrad (Bulgaria)
Dragon's Wedding“ by Petko J. Todorov and „Forest Song“ by Lessia Ukrainka (Secession/Neormantic Topography)
Abstract. The article takes a view over the typological similarity of the play „Dragon's wedding“ (a work with highlighted decorative and secession elements) by the Bulgarian writer Petko J. Todorov and the dramatic fairy-tale „Forest Song“ (attributed to the works of neo-romanticism) by the Ukrainian writer Lessya Ukrainka for the first time. It doesn't analyze the direct dependence of the two works, but their typology – the parallel use by Todorov and Lessya Ukrainka of the chromatic code, natural topographies (mountain, landscape, lake, forest, cave), vegetative symbolism, kissing and simil., centered around the image of the Woman and the general concept of the authors for „aesthetics“ in the art.
Keywords: Secession; neo-romanticism; Petko J. Todorov; Lessya Ukrainka; chromatic code; vegetative symbolism; aesthetics; Woman
Prof. Dr. Tsvetana Georgieva
University of Librarianship and Information Technologies (Sofia)
Kyiv National University „Taras Shevchenko“ (Ukraine)
Bulgarian Language and Culture Abroad
round table on the problems of bulgarian language teaching abroad, entitled „lectureships – between „the state of spirit and geopolitical restrictions“
Abstract. The article is dedicated to the fourth edition of the ‘Days of Bulgarian Language and Culture’ Forum at the Forli campus of the University of Bologna. The program has two components – academic and cultural. All participating students were also introduced, as the tendency of increasing the number of students was emphasized. Another emphasis is placed on the round table entitled “Lectureship – Between ‘The State of Spirit and Geopolitical Restrictions”. The ideas of the round table, the discussion as well as the two thematic presentations of the round table make the reader aware of the significance of the event.
Keywords: Bulgarian studies at universities abroad; lectureship; Bulgarian language teaching abroad
Dr. Petya Bаrkalova, Assoc. Prof.
University of Plovdiv Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Bulgaria and the Bulgarians in Contemporary Serbian Imagery (Observations on the Student Reception of Bulgarian Literature, Over Student Texts in Bulgarian Language)
Abstract. The problem of the reception of one literature within another is complex – it is linguistic, traditional-cultural, situational-cultural, political, aesthetic. Foreign literature is seldom reciprocated solely for aesthetic reasons, it is seldom reciprocated also for market reasons. Market niches are usually a chance for major cultures such as Russian, French, English, etc., which have strong advertising, languages used around the world, ie. they are cultural colonizers. Small languages and cultures need strong support from the original culture, which needs to develop special tools to promote and translate small literatures. This is usually done by funding transfers from foundations or programs of the country of origin. And since we are talking about Bulgarian literature, it has a different reception everywhere, because the cultural situations in which it fits are different.
Keywords: student reception; Bulgarian and Serbian mentality; national canons
University of Belgrade Belgrade, Republic of Serbia
University of Shumen “Ep. K. Preslavski” Shumen, Bulgaria
The Intended Message (A Mission among Their Own)
Abstract. The text describes a peculiar situation in teaching: one teaches one's fellow countrymen their native literature abroad - an instruction that is in principle intended for foreigners. What is the result? What accents are set in the image of classical Bulgarian literature, what needs are to be considered in this strange teaching? How does the model of teaching change?
Keywords: Homeland literature; Classical; Bulgaria; teaching
Dr. Bisera Dakova
Department of Slavic Studies University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Institute for Literature Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Sofia, Bulgaria
“Crescendo” Magazine: A Tiny Piece in the Puzzle of European Avant-garde Culture
Abstract. This article uncovers the elements of the avant-garde that are present in “Crescendo” magazine (1922) by synthesizing some of the most common aspects of avant-garde magazines and literature that emerge in Europe in the beginning of the 20th century. The aim of the research is not to list and interpret particular texts or reproductions published in “Crescendo”, but to showcase and prove the importance and the essence of this short-lived magazine for Bulgarian culture, as well as for the history of the European avant-garde – a puzzle that still appears to be incomplete.
Keywords: Bulgarian avant-garde; European avant-garde; “Crescendo” magazine; the Yambol group
Ms. Olga Saveska
Faculty of Philology University of Belgrade Belgrade, Serbia
Dobrudzha in the Studies of Györfi István
Abstract. The report examines poorly known testimonies of Dobrudzha and its ethnic characteristics, collected by the Hungarian ethnographer Györfi István (1916). They correspond to the trend in the then Hungarian science of exploring „related Turan peoples“. Today they can be considered as a beginning of a more targeted and systematic knowledge of Hungarian society about the Bulgarian province. These publications are a good basis for forming certain ideas about the Bulgarian territories and for enhancing their research interest.
Keywords: Dobrudzha; Hungarian ethnographers; Bulgarian province
Assoc. Prof. Veneta Yankova
1Department of Slavonic and Baletic Studies Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) Budapest, Hungary
Bulgaristics in Ukraine: Center for Bulgarian Studies
Abstract. Melitopol is a university town, a scientific, educational and methodical center for Bulgarian studies in the North Azov Sea region, where the Tavrian Bulgarians live compactly. The Bogdan Khmelnitski university Center for Bulgarian Studies was created 12 years ago after the establishment of the Sector in Bulgarian language, literature and culture. The educational, scientific and cultural activities of the Center for Bulgarian studies are closely related to the unique multiethnic diversity of the city, in which the Bulgarian community is third in number. The educational policy in Ukraine is dynamic and the Bulgarian experience is important.
Keywords: foreign Bulgarian studies; Southeastern Ukraine; Melitopol; multiculturalism; diaspora; Center for Bulgarian studies; Sector in Bulgarian language; literature and culture
Dr. Krasimira Koleva
Bogdan Khmelnitsky University of Melitopol Melitopol, Ukraine
Abstract. The present study is concerned with what a unified account of temporality could be based on. The proposal is that a theory that accounts for temporality should be based on some universal expression of this semantic phenomenon. The paper opens with the discussion of some problematic issues the traditional morphologically-based approaches raise. Then it is suggested that a solution could be to build the account taking as a basis the semantic types of the events that could be expressed in a clause. Evidence in favour of the soundness of the proposal comes from a comparative analysis of Bulgarian and Amharic data.
Keywords: temporality; aspectuality; perfectivity; imperfectivity; anchoring
Univeristy of Udine (Italy)
Understanding Text in Unlearned Language by Students in Bulgarian Secondary School
Abstract. This article examines some tendencies in foreign language teaching and learning. Emphasis is placed on understanding oral and written text (listening and reading as basic receptive speech activities). Reading and related cognitive processes are seen as an element of key competency for language learning. Extracting specific and abstract information from text is a process by which strategies can be implemented to reach a full, accurate and adequate understanding of the text. An experiment is described related to the perception of Slavic texts by Bulgarian students in the Bulgarian secondary school, in the context of the theory of interlingual understanding.
Keywords: text; listening; reading; foreign language; Bulgarian language; Slavic languages
Sofia University „St. Kliment Ohridski“
Reviews and Information
On the feminine common names in Bulgarian
Prof. Dr. Petya Osenova
Sofia University „St. Kliment Ohridski“
LINGUISTIC TERMINOLOGY IN THREE SLAVONIC LANGUAGES
Dr. Maria Pileva
Private Secondary School “P.R. Slaveykov“ 3, „Sredorek“ St., Karpuzitsa, Sofia, Bulgaria