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Archetypes in Literatures and Cultures

Cultural and Regional Studies- In Collaboration with Sevinj Bakhysh and Izabella Horvath

Edited By Rahilya Geybullayeva

The formation of new countries after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Eastern European block necessarily brings about an increased awareness of national identity and has given rise to more urgent attempts to define national literary and cultural facts. Among the facts to be determined are the circulation of similar cultural motifs, situations, symbols, plots, genres, words, and rituals. Such a situation gives rise to questions concerning the relationship between things that were constructed over centuries and relatively new archetypal plots and situations created by different authors, developed in different periods and in national literatures. For example, how does translation influence the migration of plots? Does the blurring of borders between sources and re-interpretations make it difficult to distinguish the original and the «kidnapped» texts? The forms of archetypes have changed and continue to change, creating a hyper-text. Taking these things into consideration, the question arises: «Where are the borders between an original text, influences, and plagiarism?»


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Kamal Abdullayev (Azerbaijan) Professor, writer. Rector of Baku Slavic University, Correspondent Member and Academic-Secretary for Humanities and Social Sciences branch of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences. PhD from Linguistics Institute, Academy of Sciences of Soviet Union, Moscow. Research interests: archetype plots in Turkic and Greek epics, epics Kitabi Dede Gorgoud and Nibelungenlied, theoretical syntax in Azerbaijani language, syntax parallels in Turkic languages E-mail: Rahilya Geybullayeva (Azerbaijan) Professor, head of the Department of Azerbaijani Literature at Baku Slavic Uni- versity. Founding Head of Azerbaijan Comparative Literature Association. PhD from Lomonosov Moscow State University. Research interests: literature in crossroads of history, religion, culture, society; concept of national culture and national identity; pagan elements in monotheistic religions; between religious book-epic-chronicle, myth and history. Served as Visiting Professor as Fulbright Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA), UNESCO scholar at SOAS, London, and Carnegie scholar at the University of California-Berkeley. E-mail: Izabella Horvath (China-USA) Visiting scholar, Art Education Research Institute, Hangzhou Normal University, China ESL Faculty at DePaul University, USA, free lance writer. MA from Univer- sity of Illinois, Chicago. Research interests: Hungarian and Turkish folktales, cultural anthropology, comparative ethnography. E-mail: 298 Aslan Mamedly (Azerbaijan) Professor, Department of General Lingustics, Baku Slavic University PhD from Linguistics Institute, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences Research interests: lexicology and phraseology, cognitive lingusitics, language and natioinal worldview relations, translation and misinterpreation of sacred books (mainly Bible) E-mail: Simon Sorgenfrei (Sweden) PhD Student, Department of Literature, History of Ideas...

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