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Title: The sea in the works of Sylvia Plath and Petya Dubarova: A comparison

 

Vol. 10(3), 2022, pp. 7-29.

DOI: http://doi.org/10.46687/AEKZ8148.

 

Author: Hristo Boev

About the author: Hristo Boev, Ph.D. is an associate professor of English and American Literature at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Shumen, Bulgaria. He is the author of the books: Modern(ist) Portrayals of the City in Dickens and Dos Passos: Similarities, Differences, Continuities, The Different Dobruja in the Literature between the Wars (original title in Bulgarian) and Feminine Selves in Sylvia Plath’s Prose and Poetry: The Perspective of Compared Lived Experience in Fiction.

He is also a translator of English and Romanian with numerous literary translations to his credit. His main interests lie in the fields of Comparative Literature, Modernism, Literary Urbanism, Geocriticism and the Art of translation.

e-mail: h.boev@shu.bg;                                                    

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6933-3167

 

Link: http://silc.fhn-shu.com/issues/2022-3/ SILC_2022_Vol_10_Issue_3_007-029_23.pdf  

 

Citation (APA style): Boev, H. (2022). The sea in the works of Sylvia Plath and Petya Dubarova: A comparison. Studies in Linguistics, Culture, and FLT, 10(3), 7-29. http://doi.org/10.46687/AEKZ8148.

Abstract: This article compares the portrayals of the sea in Sylvia Plath’s and Petya Dubarova’s works. Both authors wrote their major poetry and prose during the Cold War, the former in the 1950s, early 1960s, the latter in the 1970s, on both sides of the Atlantic, respectively. They also belonged to opposing political and military camps – the USA and NATO on one side, and the Comecon on the other of which Bulgaria was a member state. The sea as a heterotopic place and space bordering on the human ones in their case will be shown to be a frequently personified natural element that is benevolent to the narrator and that allows a getaway into a phantasmatic world composed of dreamscapes marked by fictional transformations of the body typically contained in the areas around Boston, USA and Burgas, Bulgaria. Strongly present in their childhood, the sea also served as a vital force of the imagination which helped sustain both poets in their adolescence years and whose waning power in terms of its receding literary presence eventually signaled their approaching untimely demise.

Key words: sea, journals, letters, Comecon, Cold War, modernism, comparative literature

 

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