Head of Department: Prof. Anisava Miltenova, DSc
When the Institute of Literature was founded in 1948 it comprised a Department of Bulgarian Literature up to the National Liberation, focused on the history of Bulgarian literature during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Its first head of Dept. (until 1983) was Acad. Petar Dinekov, who was succeeded by Prof. Docho Lekov (until 1989). In 1989 the Department of Old Bulgarian Literature was established as an autonomous section of the Institute. It was directed successively by Assoc. Prof Stefan Kozhuharov PhD (1989-99), Assoc. Prof. Lilyana Grasheva, PhD (1999) and Prof. Anisava Miltenova, DSc.
Scope of activities :
Research in the history and theory of medival Bulgarian literature, relations between Slavonic and Byzantine literature, Orthodox and cultural phenomena, computer processing of medieval Slavonic manuscripts, research on sources, critical, textual, literary, historical and theoretical analyses of medieval Bulgarian literary texts, comparative comparative analyses of Old Bulgarian Literature in the context of Medieval Slavonic Literature.
The research carried out by the department members resulted in several important scholarly publications, including a History of Old Bulgarian Literature, vol. 1, 1962; the materials on Old Bulgarian literature in the Dictionary of Bulgarian Literature, vols. 1-3, 1976-1982; the four-volume Cyrillo-Methodian Encyclopedia, unique in the history of palaeoslavistic studies, vol.1, 1985, vol. 2, 1995, vol. 3 and 4, 2003; studies on the sources and literary criticism of medieval Bulgarian texts. In 1997 the Department launched a project for a Repertory of Medieval Bulgarian Literature, the purpose of which is to process information and use it as electronic text.
The Department collaborates with the following institutions: Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest; University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, University of Portsmouth, Great Britain; University of Helsinki, Finland; Universities of Gothenburg and Uppsala, Sweden, The British Library, London, Scientific Research Centre at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana; and others.
At the Department, the “Starobulgarska Literatura” series and the Scripta & e-Scripta annual are edited and published.
As of 2001, the Department organizes and implements the MA program for “Slavonic Medieval Studies” at the Section for New Bulgarian Studies at the New Bulgarian University.
- Cyrillo-Methodian Encyclopedia. Vol.1 (1985); Vol. 2 (1995); Vol. 3 and 4 (2003).
- Series “Starobulgarska Literatura” (Old Bulgarian Literature) (38 volumes published to date).
- Series Old Bulgarian Literature:
- Vol. 1. Apocrypha. Editor: D. Petkanova (1981)
- Vol. 2. Rhetoric. Editor: L. Grasheva (1982)
- Vol. 3. Historical Writings. Editor: Iv. Bozhilov (1983)
- Vol. 4. Vitae. Editor: Kl. Ivanova (1986)
- Vol. 5. Natural History. Editor: A. Miltenova (1992).
- Angelov, B. St. From the History of Old Bulgarian, Russian, and Serbian Literature. Vol. 1-3. (1958-1978); Struggle for the Legacy of Cyril and Methodius (1969); Cyril and Methodius - founders of Slavic Script (1969); From the History of Russian-Bulgarian Literary Relations. Vol.1- 2. (1972-1980); Russian and Southern Slavic Literary Relations (1980); Medieval Bulgarian Writers. (1981); Medieval Bulgarian Literary Legacy (1983).
- Dinekov, P. Pages from the history of Old Bulgarian literature. Anthology (1966, 1968); From the History of Bulgarian literature (1969); Between My Own Kind and Others (1969); At the Sources of Bulgarian Culture (1977); Between Folklore and Literature (1978); Encomium of Old Bulgarian Literature (1979, 1988) Literature and Culture (1982); Problems of Old Bulgarian Literature (1996).
- Ivanova, Kl. Bulgarian, Serbian, and Moldo-Wallachian Cyrillic Manuscripts in M. P. Pogodin’s collection (1981).
- Studies in the Field of Literature and Folklore: a volume dedicated toAcad. P. Dinekov on his 70th anniversary (1983).
- Kozhuharov, St. Description of the Slavonic Manuscripts in the Library of the Zograf Monastery on Mount Athos. Vol.1, with B. Raykov and Hr. Kodov (1985); Problems of the Old Bulgarian Poetry. Volume 1. (2004).
- Bulgarian Literature in the Thirteenth Century. Editors: St. Kojhuharov, Iv. Bojhilov (1987).
- Catalogue of the Slavonic Manuscripts in the Library of the Zograf Monastery on Mount Athos. Editors: B. Raykov, St. Kozhuharov, H. Miklas, Hr. Kodov (1994).
- Computer processing of Medieval Slavic Manuscripts. Proceedings (1996).
- Tapkova-Zaimova, V., Miltenova, A. Historical and Apocalyptical Literature in Byzantium and Medieval Bulgaria (1996).
- Medieval Studies and cultural anthropology. Collection of essays in honour of the 40years of work of prof. Donka Petkanova (1998).
- Medieval Slavic Manuscripts and SGML. Problems and Perspectives (2000).
- Computational Approaches to the Study of Early and Modern Slavic Languages and Texts (2003).
- Computer Applications in Slavic Studies: Proceedings of Azbuky.NET International Conference and Workshop 24-27 October 2005, Sofia, Bulgaria (2006).
- Getov, Dorotej. A Catalogue of Greek Liturgical Manuscripts in the "Ivan Dujcev Center for Slavo-Byzantine Studies". Pontificio Istituto Orientale, Roma 2007 [= Orientalia Christiana Analecta 279].
- Stankova, Radoslava. Serbian Literature from the 13th century (context and text) (2007).
- Christian Hagiology and Pagan Believes. Collection in Honour of Elena Kotseva (2008).
- History of Mediaeval Bulgarian Literature / Comp. A. Miltenova (2008).
- Slovo : Towards a digital library of South Slavic manuscripts. Procceedings of the international conference, 21-26 February, 2008.
- Bulgarian literature in the context of Byzantine and Medieval Slavonic Literature. Director of studies: Prof. Anisava Miltenova, DSc
- Repertorium of Old Bulgarian Literature and Letters with Computer Tools. Director of studies: Prof. Anisava Miltenova, DSc. http://repertorium.obdurodon.org
- Creating a digital library of Slavonic manuscripts, incunabula and a reference data base - a joint research project with the Universities of Gothenburg and Uppsala, Sweden. Directors of studies: Prof. Anisava Miltenova, DSc and Antoaneta Granberg, PhD
- Electronic catalogues and databases of medieval Cyrillic manuscripts - a joint research project with the British Library in London, financed by the British Royal Academy. Directors of studies: Prof. Anisava Miltenova, DSc and Katya Rogachevskaya, PhD
- Medieval manuscripts and possibilities for their presentation with the help of communication technologies - a joint research project with the Scientific Research Centre at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana. Directors of studies: Prof. Anisava Miltenova, DSc and Matija Ogrin, PhD
- Bulgarian-Rumanian cultural and literary relations (from the 14th to the 20th century) - a joint research project with the Institute for Literature, Bucharest, Rumanian Academy of Sciences. Director of studies: Assoc. Prof. Elena Tomova, PhD
- Christian Hagiology and Pagan Beliefs. Director of studies: Assoc. Prof. Elena Tomova, PhD
Department members :
- Prof. Anisava Miltenova, DSc
- Assoc. Prof. Ana Stoykova, PhD
- Assoc. Prof. Dorotey Getov, PhD
- Assoc. Prof. Elena Tomova, PhD
- Assoc. Prof. Mariya Yovcheva, PhD
- Research associate Dimitrinka Dimitrova, PhD
- Research associate Irina Kusidova, PhD
- Research associate Nina Gagova, PhD
- Research associate Maya Petrova, PhD
- Research associate Radoslava Stankova, PhD
- Dilyana Radoslavova
The Tenth-Century Old Bulgarian Manuscript Codex Suprasliensis. UNESCO project. Coordinator: Prof. Anisava Miltenova, DSc.http://csup.ilit.bas.bg