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Articulating Gender, Narrating the Nation: Allegorical Femininity in Romanian Fiction (review)

Articulating Gender, Narrating the Nation: Allegorical Femininity in Romanian Fiction (review) Ileana Alexandra Orlich, Articulating Gender, Narrating the Nation: Allegorical Femininity in Romanian Fiction Boulder, CO: East European Monographs, 24,00 180 pp. In Articulating Gender, Narrating the Nati,o I n leana Orlich has written a compan- ion volume to her earlier book, Silent Bodies: (Re)Discovering the Women of Roma- nian Short Fiction, which appeared in 2.200 At the conclusion of my review of that work (Transylvanian Review 3.3 1 [Autumn 4]), 200 I lamented that the author had not provided even more literary examples in support of her intriguing thesis, and I closed in saying, “Ileana Orlich’s next book will indubitably take up the thread where this one left off and spin it out further, both to her own and to her readers’ satisfaction” (10). 5 And that is precisely what she has done; that and more. Whereas the earlier work drew fascinating links between patriarchy and Communism—a heretofore largely untreated topic—this one, in similarly iconoclastic fashion, makes explicit connections between the status of women and the late nineteenth– early twentieth century Romanian quest for national identity. e Th author is particularly well positioned to write this book—in fact, she is one of the few people in the world who http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Articulating Gender, Narrating the Nation: Allegorical Femininity in Romanian Fiction (review)

The Comparatist , Volume 31 – May 29, 2007

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Abstract

Ileana Alexandra Orlich, Articulating Gender, Narrating the Nation: Allegorical Femininity in Romanian Fiction Boulder, CO: East European Monographs, 24,00 180 pp. In Articulating Gender, Narrating the Nati,o I n leana Orlich has written a compan- ion volume to her earlier book, Silent Bodies: (Re)Discovering the Women of Roma- nian Short Fiction, which appeared in 2.200 At the conclusion of my review of that work (Transylvanian Review 3.3 1 [Autumn 4]), 200 I lamented that the author had not provided even more literary examples in support of her intriguing thesis, and I closed in saying, “Ileana Orlich’s next book will indubitably take up the thread where this one left off and spin it out further, both to her own and to her readers’ satisfaction” (10). 5 And that is precisely what she has done; that and more. Whereas the earlier work drew fascinating links between patriarchy and Communism—a heretofore largely untreated topic—this one, in similarly iconoclastic fashion, makes explicit connections between the status of women and the late nineteenth– early twentieth century Romanian quest for national identity. e Th author is particularly well positioned to write this book—in fact, she is one of the few people in the world who

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Published: May 29, 2007

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