Oppressed voices in Bulgarian culture of 19th century

Nikolay Aretov.

The paper is focused on the non-institutionalized restrictions on the freedom of speech. The authors often restrain to articulate their opinion that will not be censored because they know that the public will not welcome it. In other cases, the media reject such texts, or after publishing it, the reaction is harsh, or, on the contrary, the unpleasant opinion is ignored.

One possible approach towards this topic can start from the question posed by Gayatri Spivak and widely commented in the field of post-colonial criticism: Can the Subaltern Speak? We could also ask ourselves who are the subalterns in Bulgarian culture. This paper argues that paradoxically there were unrepresented and oppressed voices among the groups within the high levels of social hierarchy.