ROMANIAN STUDIES: LITERATURE

ROMANIAN STUDIES: LITERATURE 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 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

ROMANIAN STUDIES: LITERATURE

Mar 13, 1989

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
0084-4152
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2222-4297
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10.1163/22224297-90002969
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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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