At the core of this essay is an exploration of the notion of regime of relevance introduced by Galin Tihanov in his monograph The Birth and Death of Literary Theory (2019). On the one hand, the author traces the ramifications of Tihanov’s coinage and demonstrates possible arenas for its further application; on the other, the essay researches the origins of the notion in Michel Foucault’s formulation of regime of truth. After a brief account of the Bulgarian reception of Foucault’s work, the text turns to Foucault’s early monograph The Order of Things (1966) to explore the paths that link Tihanov’s work to Foucault’s and then compares a reconstructed version of Foucault’s project for literary theory to Tihanov’s project.
Regimes of Relevance: On Their Use for Literary Theory
bogdana paskaleva is a teaching assistant of West European literature at the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski,” Bulgaria, where she earned her PhD in the theory of literature in 2015. In addition to several published translations from Italian to Bulgarian, her recent publications in English include “Bulgarian Translations of τύχη: The Case of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King” (Colloquia comparativa litterarum 6.1 ) and “Squaring the Circle and the Origins of Learned Ignorance” (Archiv für mittelalterliche Philosophie und Kultur XXV ). She is currently working on a project titled “Edition of the Unpublished Heritage of Prof. Lyudmila Stefanova (Monographs on West-European Literature).”
Bogdana Paskaleva; Regimes of Relevance: On Their Use for Literary Theory. differences 1 May 2021; 32 (1): 30–53. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10407391-8956946
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