• The Reception of Blake in Bulgaria. - In: The Reception of William Blake in Europe. Ed. by Morton D. Paley and Sibylle Erle. London: Bloomsbury, 2019, vol. 2, pp. 605-634. ISBN: 978-1-3500-9767-4.
The chapter traces the reception of William Blake’s oeuvre in Bulgaria from the second decade of the twentieth century (when the first translation of “London” was published) to the present. The sections dedicated to specific historical periods (before the advent of state socialism, during state socialism, and after the fall of state socialism) are preceded by an analytical overview of the cultural-historical background that has informed “the penetration of texts from Anglophone contexts into Bulgaria.” The critical assessment of the reception focuses on both the aesthetic qualities of the translations and the ideological biases of the scholarship and criticism on Blake. Some attention is devoted to recent publications on the Internet as well as to the uses of Blake in high school and academic education.
The authors conclude that “representations of Blake’s life and work have been part of important Bulgarian intellectual projects.”
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Blake, reception, Bulgaria, translations, scholarship