Approaching Romanian literature as world literature, this book is a critical-theoretical manifesto that places its object at the crossroads of empires, regions, and influences and draws conclusions whose relevance extends beyond the Romanian, Romance, and East European cultural systems. This "intersectional" revisiting of Romanian literature is organized into three parts. Opening with a fresh look at the literary ideology of Romania's "national poet," Mihai Eminescu, part I dwells primarily on literary-cultural history as process and discipline. Here, the focus is on cross-cultural mimesis, the role of strategic imitation in the production of a distinct literature in modern Romania, and the shortcomings marking traditional literary historiography's handling of these issues. Part II examines the ethno-linguistic and territorial complexity of Romanian literatures or "Romanian literature in the plural." Part III takes up the trans-systemic rise of Romanian, Jewish Romanian, and Romanian-European avant-garde and modernism, Socialist Realism, exile and emigre literature, and translation.
'Is Romanian literature a world literature?' Such is the opening line of this truly impressive book, and such is also the central issue Martin, Terian, and Moraru-a major expert of the 'planetary turn'-are dealing with. The question's answer is multifaceted, as all world cultures are. Romanian literature is a huge crossroad, one of the most fascinating ones, in Europe and beyond, and this is exactly what the riveting Romanian Literature as World Literature tells us about. * Bertrand Westphal, Professor of General and Comparative Literature, University of Limoges, France, and author of Geocriticism: Real and Fictional Spaces (2007) *
In every dimension-overall quality of contributions, internal logic, and introductory material-Romanian Literature as World Literature bears stunning testimony to its subject matter. Infused and beset with historical, political, and linguistic complexity at every turn, the volume's world-class collective authorship builds upon the latest current advances in world-systems and postcolonial theories. Romanian Literature as World Literature is particularly admirable for the diversity of approaches, ranging from intellectual and cultural history to close exegesis, that it encompasses. In illuminating the multiple forces and influences bearing upon Romanian literature, it attests to the conceptual difficulties attending any putatively national cultural ecology. * Henry Sussman, Visiting Professor Germanic Languages & Literatures, Yale University, USA, and author of Playful Intelligence: Digitizing Tradition (Bloomsbury, 2014) *
Render[s] specialist concepts both approachable and vivid. The language is interactive, variegated, and expressive ... Even better, I found this to be a homogeneous quality despite the theory's denseness, making this, in full sincerity, one of the few textbooks that I would reread. Moreover, the intelligence of the argument at hand is evinced by the virtue of clarity, and the effort to propose germane solutions to the dilemmas of our day. Romanian Literature as World Literature seeks to allow the politico-geographic underdog to shine in an unprecedented way as well as to explore how Romanian literature has "functioned." In a wider context, what I found heartening was the conviction that literature is something that genuinely binds people in rarely encountered emotional or psychological harmony: an interest in the human experience as such. * World Literature Today *