Russian Literature on the Web: Texts and Reading

Project Status
Execution period
2007 — 2010

Research team: Assoc. Prof. Radoslava Ilcheva, Assoc. Prof. Yordan Lyutskanov; Porf. Magdalena Kostova-Panayotova (SWU)


The project explores the impact of the Internet on society, culture and literature, on intercultural relations, as well as new opportunities for literary creativity on the web, all modern challenges to the classical ways of creating and reading literary texts. Of particular interest are issues related to the importance of the problem of authorship, the characteristics of the new type of reader of Russian literature on the web, the parallel existence of printed and electronic books and the differences in the exposure of electronic books to printed, etc.

An international scientific conference was held on October 30, 2008.

The collection of articles Russian Literature on the Web: Texts and Reading was published (compilers and editors Radostin Rusev, Magdalena Kostova-Panayotova, Yordan Lyutskanov) - Sofia: Heron Press, 2010. - VIII + 104 pp. Authors from the Institute for Literature, Moscow Mikhail Lomonosov State University (Russia), Taras Shevchenko Institute of Literature at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature (Tbilisi), Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", New Bulgarian University (Sofia) and Southwestern University "Neofit Rilski" (Blagoevgrad) explore theoretical questions about the relations between literature and the new hyper-media, about the opportunities provided by the network for meeting and interaction between different (national) cultures, about the new type of author and reader on the Internet, about the new literary institutions, about the existence and status of the classics on the web, about the conflict between electronic and book literature and the fate of the book. Authors of texts from the Institute for Literature are Radostin Rusev ("Russian translated literature in the Bulgarian Internet space"), Radoslava Ilcheva ("The reader as an author and hero of runet") and Yordan Lyutskanov ("Poetics and publicicity, poetics and publicity: Russian modernism in the Russian network").