A Guide to Romanian Literature

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Novels, Experiment and the Postcommunist Book Industry


Autor: Ion Bogdan LEFTER

Editura PARALELA 45

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Preface, by Ion Bogdan Lefter;

The Romanian novel: An Introduction (1. The novel between poesy and tale; 2. The beginnings of the Romanian novel; 3. The end of the beginnings: the Romanian novel goes professional; 4. Three explosive decades in the first half of the 20th century: `20s, `30s and `40s; 5. Three other explosive decades: the `60s, `70s and `80s, following a proletcultist (almost) wasteland; 6. An epilogue in the `90s the past, the present, the future. Transitory conclusion); translated into English by Adrian Solomon.

Literature in the `60 and `70s: The Experiment: A Separation from Neo-Modernism (a typological outline and a brief inventory) (Context outline - 1. The proletcultist ʺrevolutionʺ and the modernist ʺrestorationʺ; Context outline - 2. Between innovation and experiment; Context outline - 3. Working hypothesis: through experiment - towards postmodernism; 4. Typological outline - 1. The last experimental resources of modernism; Typological outline - 2. The first Romanian experiments); translated into English by Ruxandra-Ioana Patrichi.

Romanian Literature since 1989: Asymmetries between History and Rethoric (1. The effervescence of cultural institutions; 2. Four categories of post-Communist textualities; 3. Do thematic changes bring about new styles?)

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