STUDIA PHILOLOGICA
“ST. CYRIL AND ST. METHODIUS” UNIVERSITY OF VELIKO TARNOVO - UNIVERSITY PRESS

On Some Pseudonyms in Contemporary Slovak Literature


Authors:
Irena Dimova-Gencheva Prof. Dr. Asen Zlatarov University in Burgas, Bulgaria

Pages: 121-128
DOI: https://doi.org/10.54664/MOBL5264

Abstract:

The proposed article examines the use of female pen names in contemporary Slovak literature. The object of the analysis are some of the books by the experimental authors Michal Habaj and Peter Macsovszky, published under the names Anna Snegina and Petra Malúchová. The paper focuses on the ways of constructing the category of the self by and in the books ‘Pas de deux’, ‘Poems from the Inheritance’ and the ‘Twilight of Chastity’. Other authorial strategies marking the experimental nature of the works written after 1989 are also commented on. A brief overview of the uses of female pen names in Slovak literature is also given, with an emphasis on the function of the literary mystification and the different stylizations of the lyrical subject. The main question posed is about the reasons for choosing this way of creating the authorial personality and the impact the knowledge of this mystification has on the reader.

Keywords:

gynonym; Slovak literature; mystification; literary subject.

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