Social Life of Orpheus Imagery: Constructing and Negotiating National Identity1

Lazova, Tsvete (2018) Social Life of Orpheus Imagery: Constructing and Negotiating National Identity1. In: 1st International e-Conference on Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences: Conference Proceedings. Center for Open Access in Science, Belgrade, pp. 77-92. ISBN 9788681294000

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It is a truism today that antiquities are valuable resource of symbolic capital of the modern
nations. Therefore in many research fields a strong focus can be seen on the uses/abuses of the
past in constructing national identity of the “imagined community” of the nation. I isolate the
figure of Orpheus whose Thracian-ness fuelled “the grand national narrative” in Bulgaria, in the
last few decades. It is studied in the context of the shared, connected, and entangled history of
the Balkans produced by Bulgarian, Romanian and Greek scholars. Their valuable reflexive and
critical studies of the usable past are fruitful for the development of new perspectives in the
academic space. The “eye of anthropology” gives priority to cultural phenomena and makes it
possible to evaluate these imageries as cultural products in specific contexts. They are embedded
through different media in everyday life which produce a number of representations –
municipality emblems, narratives, films, monuments of the fabricated “national hero”.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:antiquities, symbolic capital, national identity, nature of sources, limits of interpretations, management of origins, everyday life, banalized nationalism.
Subjects:History.Archaeology > Archaeology
History.Archaeology > History of Ancient Greece
History.Archaeology > History of Bulgaria
History.Archaeology > History of the Mediterranean region
History.Archaeology > Thracian history
Philosophy > Culture. Cultural studies. Philosophy of culture
Philosophy > Philosophy of Nature. Cosmology
Sociology.Anthropology > Anthropology
Sociology.Anthropology > Cultural anthropology
Sociology.Anthropology > Social anthropology
ID Code:4109
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