Literary Reception and Balkan Literary Identity

Roumiana L. Stantcheva.

Analyzing the reception of Romanian literature in Bulgaria, (especially that of Panait Istrati and Liviu Rebreanu) gives me the possibility to define the term "Balkan literary identity". Examples from the period between the two World Wars show that it is a singular term, that it is an external term (coming from abroad), including the idea of exotics, of verbal narration, of Oriental, and passionate conflicts. In fact, it is much more an external image, a stereotype,

unilateral, non-specific - a false identity. From a literary point of view, it may be associated with the characteristics of Romanticism.

The article also comments the relations between national, regional and continental identity of Balkan writers and writings, representing these relations in a concentric disposition.