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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 13 | volume III | February-March, 2000



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 13February-March, 2000

An empty model and a sad queen

The Love and the Thought About the Literature in the Twentieth Century

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Aleksandar Jerkov

    To conceive the literature, the way we know it in our civilization circle, and literature in general, a lot of prerequisites must be fulfilled. When the historians and theoreticians of literature, philosophers and estheticians think, they tend to add great significance to their studies. Meanwhile, in the world in which we are living today, the results of their thinking would have much less significance if through the centuries the illusion of such necessity of this kind of thinking were continuing. The interpreters of literature are therefore attentive keepers of this tradition, but the end of the twentieth century brought them in a very difficult position. Today they look like some new scholasticians: knowledge has never been so perfected, while the social need of it so little, in case it still exists. It seems like we are closer and closer to the truth of our profession, just a little bit more and we can determine the “gender” of the angels of literature – by all chances they are beautiful women souls – and how many soft angels bodies could be called and placed on the “top” of a verse, we are already ready to determine and in details describe what are the narrative “syllogisms” in which one can see the writer's thought and the function of the literature structure can be proofed, we are still glittering debate how between two equally attractive “layers” of meaning the reader fix upon, and so on… These are all familiar, for this occasion just little adjusted motives of a long time ago scholastic, yet they sound so convincing as a cynical description of knowledge collected by interpreting the literature. In that way the importance of the scholasticism was extinguishing as a style of thinking, in that way today a style of critical thinking about the literature is dying out. A generation of interpreters is extinguishing, which itself and its work consider oneself very dignified, even because it opens the road for its own end, and a kind of thinking is extinguishing due time end of its social necessity.
    And yet, with different knowledge is filled this difficult and unpleasant century, in which the human confidence has found on much harder challenges then once upon time it were the wild hordes from East, with whom the creator has wiped a way civilizations like a rough move with sponge, or rearrange the contours written on the map of

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