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Rethinking Orient

In Search of Sources and Inspirations


Adam Bednarczyk, Magdalena Kubarek and Maciej Szatkowski

The contributions in this book address a vast variety of questions concerning the sources and mutual inspirations in Oriental and European literatures. The authors discuss selected texts from both historical and synchronic perspectives. They reveal and scrutinise the sedimented layers in their search for the original as well as for the repetitive and universal. The book revolves around the creative reception of one’s own cultural heritage and of works which originated in other cultures.

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Traditional Buryat Anaphoric Versification in the Contemporary Poetry of Bair Dugarov (Galina Dondukova)


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Galina Dondukova

University of Warsaw Poland

Traditional Buryat Anaphoric Versification in the Contemporary Poetry of Bair Dugarov

Abstract: The article analyses a book of poems Asian Allure by the Buryat poet Bair Dugarov. The Buryat people are an ethnic group living in Southeastern Siberia, on the shores of Lake Baikal on the territory of Ethnic Buryatia. Being culturally and linguistically Mongol, they have been incorporated into the Russian Empire in the middle of the 17th century. During the Soviet period the Buryat literature, as any other literatures of peoples of Siberia, suffered a rupture with pre-October tradition. Original genres and topics, oral and written literary monuments were removed out of limits of official Soviet literary space for many years in favor of Russian (Western) tradition. The revival of historical memory has become one of the main topics of the post-Soviet Buryat literature. In 2013 Bair Dugarov published the first Buryat collection of poems that consists of anaphoric verses only. In this article I give a short overview of the history of anaphoric verses among Buryats and the academic study of Buryat traditional versification. Further on I analyze the anaphoric poems by Bair Dugarov, the poetic genres and the synthesis of topics that are developed in them. I argue that the form of the poems becomes meaningful for Dugarov as it refers to the traditional Buryat worldview.

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