Grief: Origin and Representations of crying in Bulgarian literature from the 18th and 19th c.

After providing a theoretical perspective on the physiological and philosophical phenomenon of tears, driven from Descartes and Darwin, and taking also an anthropological perspective in local traditions, the course discusses the genre of lamentation in the literature of the 18th and 19th c.


  • Плачът на Йеремия (Book of Jeremiah from the Bible –;
  • The psychosomatic effect of crying and its usage in art – the artistic installation of Tanya Brughera;
  • Възрожденска поезия – Кръстю Пишурка „Плач Вратци“, Неофит Бозвели „Ох Болгария“, Иван Стоянов Мерданчанин (Свищовец) „Най -любимий мой роде“ (Poetry from the first part of the 19th c. – Krastyu Pishurka, Neofit Bozveli, Ivan Stoyanov Merdanchanin)
  • Диалогът „Плач бедния мати Болгария“ на Неофит Бозвели и сръбски диалози – Мати Сербия и син Сербии“ (The genre of dialogue in Bulgarian and Serbian literature of the 19th c. equals with “lamentation”);
  • Плач и сантименталност в популярната литература – плачът на Геновева – (Crying in popular literature – except from Christof von Schmid “Genevieve de Brabant” – the scene in the prison)

Mandatory readings:

  • Menin, Marco. “”Who Will Write the History of Tears?’ History of Ideas and History of Ideas and History of emotions from Eighteenth-Century to the Present.” History of European Ideas, 2014: 516-532.
  • Петканова, Донка. „Плач, игри, смях.“ От Разноликото среновековие, 160-199. Велико Търнов: Абагар, 2006.

Recommended readings:

  • Кирова, Милена. „Жива вода. Сълзите и плаченето във възрожденската поезия.“ От Проблематичният реализъм, 24-45. София: Просвета, 2002.