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Bulgaria in Passing: The Images of Old and New Bulgaria in Travelogues by Patrick Leigh Fermor and Nick Hunt


  • Maya Boycheva

    () (University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria)


The article compares intertextually two travelogues about Bulgaria, as seen by British travel writers in two different historical periods. The continuity of the representative ma¬trix is foregrounded by identifying recurrent tropes and motives along with the stable bi¬naries of Self/Other and East/West. The article posits that the travelogues in question are political texts reifying the established paradigm of controlled representation of Bulgaria which problematizes all things Bulgarian as alien, eastern or peripheral. The article also highlights the emergence of new representative strategies which hint at the vulnerability of the dominant negative discourse.

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  • Maya Boycheva, 2019. "Bulgaria in Passing: The Images of Old and New Bulgaria in Travelogues by Patrick Leigh Fermor and Nick Hunt," Nauchni trudove, University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria, issue 4, pages 173-188, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:nwe:natrud:y:2019:i:4:p:173-188

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    symbolic geography; power/knowledge; discourse; stereotype; national image;
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    • Z19 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Other


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