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Varia: On the Literary Motif of Sleep and Wakefulness and Emilian Stanev’s Eponymous Dramatic Fragment


Authors:
Nikolina Burneva St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Pages: 129-139

Abstract:

The celebration of the 110th anniversary of Bulgarian novelist and playwright Emilian Stanev provides an occasion for the critical evaluation of those of his texts which have been relatively neglected by learned commentators. The title of his posthumously published play Nasan i nayave (Sleep and Wakefulness) alludes to one of the key transcultural ideas of modernity, which has ethical, philosophical and psychological implications. In addition, the play poses a number of questions concerning the ethical responsibility of scientists in the modern world. The play’s title, Sleep and Wakefulness, can be interpreted as a metaphor denoting the duality of the human personality and the overall intellectual impasse typical of late modern civilization.

Keywords:

modernity, Emiliyan Stanev, Faust, Dürrenmatt, Brecht, ethics, politics

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