Romanian Studies LITERATURE By C. GEORGE SANDULESCU, Director, Princess Grace Irish Library, Monaco- Ville, Principality of Monaco (This survey covers the years I g85 to I g88) I. GENERAL It is noteworthy that a people and a country so deprived of the bare essentials of physical survival in the period under scrutiny here should still be able to produce humanistic research of an unexpec tedly high quality. THEORY. P. Cornea, Introducere in teoria lecturii, Minerva, is a typical instance of the equally typical Romanian propensity - very unlike the Anglo-Saxon tradition- to theorize at a fairly high level of abstraction in the most unexpected areas of literature and the humanities. Starting from a quotation by Emerson to the effect that nobody ever reads thoroughly and properly, the author distinguishes three fundamental types of reading behaviour - the factual, the fictional, and the self-referential. Coming from a first-class specialist in Romanian literature, this almost over-theoretical angle of approach is quite symptomatic. E. Negrici, Sistematica poeziei, Cartea Romaneasca, is a book written by a theorist of the Liviu Rusu type: in trying to describe literary genres, he only succeeds in giving a typology of the creators themselves; the initial premise of
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