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The subject of this article is the linguistic work of prof. Boris Yotsov – a distinguished Bulgarian literary historian and specialist in the area of Slavic studies with adoctoral degree from Charles University in Prague. He was sentenced to death by theso-called People’s Court and executed after the 9th of September 1944. Following that,the longstanding censorship on him and his works allowed using his research ideas andthemes without giving credit to the author. The article focuses on this disturbed continuity in Slavic literary studies in Bulgaria and emphasizes B. Yotsov’s contribution to theresearch in the area of Slavic relationships and cultural contacts of the new Bulgarianliterature. The interpretation offered here stands in contrast to this ideologically imposedforgetfulness and contraposes the necessity of a more active modern reception of B.Yotsov’s academic legacy which would transform it into a living one and justify the quality of Bulgarian academic tradition. Key words: Boris Yotsov, Slavic literatures, comparativistics, ideological doctrine

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