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Life Writing in Full Bloom: The Year in Romania

Life Writing in Full Bloom: The Year in Romania life writing in full bloom the year in romania ioana luca the romanian post -1989 life writing context e r Th ecent literary scene in Romania has been characterized as swept by “an avalanche of biographies, journals, and memoirs” (Mihăieș 7), with this “spectacular resurgence” of personal diaries, journals, memoirs, and confes- sions “tending to take over the market” (Manolescu 7–8). Although Roma- nian confessional literature dates back to the early chronicles in the seven- teenth century and the nineteenth century saw it o fl urish, traditionally life writing as a genre has been castigated (G. Călinescu), seen as a minor type, and defined as “frontier literature” (Iosifescu). However, in 2001, one of Ro - mania’s most established literary critics dedicated a three-volume monograph to the topic, signaling renewed critical interest, while also stating that “for the time being . . . the personal diary still surprises us . . . and Romanian archives continue to offer important secrets as far as the biographic genres are concerned ” (Simion 9, emphasis mine). One could say that such a situation is very much in line with the interna- tional “memoir boom”; however, a more accurate understanding of the Roma- nian http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Life Writing in Full Bloom: The Year in Romania

Biography , Volume 39 (4) – Feb 28, 2017

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Abstract

life writing in full bloom the year in romania ioana luca the romanian post -1989 life writing context e r Th ecent literary scene in Romania has been characterized as swept by “an avalanche of biographies, journals, and memoirs” (Mihăieș 7), with this “spectacular resurgence” of personal diaries, journals, memoirs, and confes- sions “tending to take over the market” (Manolescu 7–8). Although Roma- nian confessional literature dates back to the early chronicles in the seven- teenth century and the nineteenth century saw it o fl urish, traditionally life writing as a genre has been castigated (G. Călinescu), seen as a minor type, and defined as “frontier literature” (Iosifescu). However, in 2001, one of Ro - mania’s most established literary critics dedicated a three-volume monograph to the topic, signaling renewed critical interest, while also stating that “for the time being . . . the personal diary still surprises us . . . and Romanian archives continue to offer important secrets as far as the biographic genres are concerned ” (Simion 9, emphasis mine). One could say that such a situation is very much in line with the interna- tional “memoir boom”; however, a more accurate understanding of the Roma- nian

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