The journal "The Literature" in this restored / revived format has been published since 2007. It is printed twice a year - in summer (June / July) and in winter (November-December), and the texts in the journal are also available online on its website. There is no fee for publishing and no subscription is provided.
"The Literature" relies on interdisciplinarity and understands literature in the broad context of the transitions between texts, problematization of borders and intertextuality. The texts in the journal see literature in a broad cultural context. They focus on different approaches in interpretive capacities of both literature and other fields of culture. The edition stands for a balance between translated and Bulgarian author's texts, aiming to see the points of view in different traditions and cultures, and also to situate Bulgarian literature among them. That is why it deliberately presents not only popular names, but also new ones - young promising scholars and talented students from the three university educational levels. The section "Debuts" was created for them.
The journal is the only one of its kind in Bulgaria - on a specific problem and topic it brings together literary studies, culturological and linguistic texts in a common field. Unlike other Bulgarian journals, which publish texts that their authors generally work on, here the topic is leading and the texts are written еspecially for the specific issue. We put the accent on the amalgam of directions - literary, linguistic, culturological, because in this way the journal outlines the broad profile of philological studies today. That is why we can say that for the scale of Bulgaria, where there are only few humanitarian journals, it is unique.
Other advantage of the journal is its focus on the Bulgarian (regional) contribution to major European and world themes. That is why the accent is always on the native voices, which give their perspectives to important debates. In recent issues, the magazine is also open to comparisons with humanitarian studies in the Balkan and Central European and Eastern European contexts. Our ambition is to establish it as an authoritative journal in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as in the Balkans.
"The Literature" has also being formed as a center of Bulgarian studies – it is not accidentally that some of the best specialists in this field in the world are involved in its editorial board. Its ambition is to be a platform for all researchers in Bulgarian studies, as well as for the new generations of their students, in order to make visible not only their achievements, but also to promote Bulgarian studies in the world.
The first very important part of the journal is the one with translated texts. It systematically decenters the English-speaking tradition, and along with that introduces the French, Italian, Russian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Slavic and other traditions. We can say that the journal's policy is connected to the affirmation of Bulgarian humanities seen in comparison with world wide humanitarian studies.
The second part is devoted to publications of Bulgarian authors, written especially for the concrete issue. It is a particular responsibility of the editorial board to enhance the cooperation with the entire national academic community, to establish contacts with other cultural institutions such as libraries and museums. "The Literature" also attracts scholars in Bulgarian studies from all Slavic countries, as well as researchers from other universities around the world.
"The Literature" also provides a field for current research and educational debates, and maintains a permanent rubric for new books. Thus, it seeks an original applicability of the topics and could be useful for the student audience. "The Literature" is trying to open to a wider audience and to more pragmatic new generations.
The journal is integrated into the united electronic environment, along with other scientific journals of the Faculty of Slavic Studies, and has its own website - https://naum.slav.uni-sofia.bg/literaturata
Some of the most important thematic fields of the journal:
Theoretical issues of translation
The issue deals with problems and criticism of translation. Classical and new world theories of translation are examined. The links between language and literature and the translation reception are problematised. A group of texts dedicated to the writer and translator Joseph Conrad is included.
Literature and Science Fiction
The issue focuses on fantastic literature. It includes theoretical and literary-historical studies on the fantasy genre and its sub-genres, as well as critical readings of exemplary works of world and Bulgarian fiction. The texts examine the problems of fantasy fiction poetics, its development in modern times, and the connection between fantasy literature and cinema.
The issue's thematic center is the concept of migrant literature. It discusses problems of the relationship between migration and globalization, the opposition local-world literature, peculiarities of migrant literature in different cultural and historical contexts. The issue includes comparative and theoretical studies, analyzes of literary works, interviews and articles, dedicated to literary history.
The issue includes cultural, political, social and biological studies of queer theories and ideologies and their manifestations in literature, cinema and applied arts. The ideas of gender, sexuality and identity are problematised. There are critical texts and analyzes of Bulgarian literary texts and works form the world literature.
The canon in the new millennium
The issue deals with contemporary studies of the canon with a focus on the literary canon. It examines the mechanisms of constructing the canon, functioning of the canon in different cultural eras and in different arts. The issue pays attention to the marginal literature. It includes theoretical studies, interviews, literary-historical analyzes, and transcription of a discussion on the central topics of the issue.
Love and literature
The issue problematises love and its manifestations in Bulgarian and world literature. In this issue we can read interdisciplinary studies of the idea of love and erotica; theoretical research of the genre of love novel; literary historical studies; critical analyzes of literary works from different eras.
The focus of the issue is contemporary research on children's literature and the concept of childhood. It contains theoretical research of the genre, its design and development, with a view to the interaction of various literary, market and social factors. The issue includes studies of children's fairy tales and their literary and didactic function, as well as analyzes of representative works for children from Bulgarian and world literature.