On 27th of November, at the National Library "St. St. Cyril and Methodius" was held the national conference “Vestnik na jenata (Newspaper of the Woman) 1921-1944. Aspects of the Feminine”. It was organized by "Modern and Contemporary Bulgarian Literature" Department at the Institute for Literature and included the participation of scientists from nine research institutions, such as the Institute for Literature - BAS, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski”, Southwestern University “Neofit Rilski”, Plovdiv University “Paisii Hilendarski”, New Bulgarian University, National Museum of Literature, National Library "St.St. Cyril and Methodius ". Members of Christo and Penka Cholchevi’s family, curators and editors of the newspaper, were also present at the conference.
In her opening words, Professor Boryana Hristova, Director of the National Library, identified the need of a historical analysis of an edition, realized so successfully in the dynamic interwar period. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lyudmila Malinova, organizer of the conference, put the research of the "Newspaper of the Woman" in the course of the current trend today to complete the reconstruction and the analysis of important periodical literary journals. "The “Newspaper of the Woman" is an exclusive database, it is a text array that lies primarily in national memory and provokes reasonably the interest of contemporary literary critic" said Assoc. Prof. Malinova.
In the course of the conference was restored the meaningful overall cultural presence of the "Newspaper of the Woman" in its national format: reports followed the life and work of Christo and Penka Cholchevi, the ambition of the paper both to be an institution for the generations of women interwar and to offer a new platform for a female newspaper, rising female social and cultural position, alternatively to its bourgeois conception. The emblem of the reading woman - a woman who is educating herself, who currently changes - was the starting point in the reconstruction of the special position of the newspaper among the great number of female issues between the two wars, in the definition of its intentions to form a female public. The newspaper was analyzed as a factor in the preparation of public attitudes to accept the professional status of the writing woman. Image of fashion, it was also considered as an image of modernity and the spirit of the industrial age.
Researchers stopped on the high artistic value and thematic diversity of the issue during its long, 23-year life, on the importance of its literary pages and the high-quality illustrations – in the newspaper’s huge drawing of 30-45 000 copies. The success of the "Newspaper of the Woman" was reviewed in its large-scale acceptance of works and translations of such Bulgarian classics as Elisaveta Bagryana, Jana Jazova, Geo Milev, Georgi Raichev, Emilian Stanev, in the specific presence of artists like Vеra Boyadjieva - Fol, Jana Nikolova-Galabova, Ilina Petrova, etc, as well as in the cultural importance of the newspaper’s relations with the Club of Bulgarian feminine writers.
9.30 Откриване на конференцията
Водещ: Людмила Хр. Малинова