Articles from 1(9)/2013

From the Nostalgia of Aestheticism to the Rediscovery of Ideology. Romanian Literary and Film Criticism After 2000

Claudiu TURCUŞ

Keywords: Synchronism, Ideology, Aesthetic autonomy, Filmology, Literary theory, Romanian Criticism

Abstract: This essay’s aim is to outline the main directions of Romanian critical discourse after the year 2000, pointing out the specific differences – in terms of, on one hand, the refunctionalization of ideological grids and, on the other, the appeal to theory in cultural reception... Read More

Report about the State of Film Studies in Romania

Doru POP

Keywords: Romanian film studies, film criticism, film schools, film magazines

Abstract: The author of this paper is making a radiography of the Romanian film studies today and follows the consequences and influences of the past practices in film criticism in the field. This research is reviewing the most important film critics of the past and recent time, providing a map of the... Read More

The Poetics and Politics of Critical Art: an Atypical Case


Keywords: Critical art, drawing, performance, aesthetics, political art, mass media

Abstract: This paper addresses the problem of critical discourse taking as a reference framework the intricate and paradoxical relationships a specific type of critical art engages with both aesthetics and politics. According to philosopher Jacques Rancière, critical art contains a tension... Read More

Teaching Comparative Literature in Today’s Romania

Mihaela URSA

Keywords: comparative studies, teaching world literature, educational policies, humanities and the university, method, discipline, literary history, literary studies in Romania

Abstract: The present paper focuses on some important aspects of the much invoked crisis of comparative literature, as manifested in Romania in the academic discipline of comparative literature. After almost half a century, one of the most difficult problems the comparative literature discipline encounters... Read More

The Eastern European Perspective on Modern Poetry: Two Hypotheses

Eliza DEAC

Keywords: Romanian literary theory, modern poetry, transitive poetry, poetic paradigm, poetic self

Abstract: The article analyses and compares two theoretical proposals – the notion of “transitive poetry” (Crăciun 2002) and the concept of “modern paradigm” (Muşina 2004) – which aim at uncovering uncharted areas of modern poetry and at bringing up to date the... Read More

Post-war Romanian Literary Criticism under Communism. Short Overview.


Keywords: post-war Romanian criticism, socialist realism, the 1960s movement, G. Călinescu, ”autonomy of the aesthetics”, New French Criticism, structuralism, existentialism, post-theory

Abstract: In the post-war Romanian context, one might conclude that theory-related scepticism was relentless. The language of New Criticism entered the Romanian discourse, emphasizing on the interdictions of the political system. Although Romanian criticism had been sceptical about aggressive import of... Read More

Bazin Meets Deleuze. The ”Fact-Image” and ”Pure Optical Situations” in Italian Neo-Realism


Keywords: Gilles Deleuze, André Bazin, “fact-image“, “pure optical situation“, Italian neo-realism

Abstract: This essay explores the possibility of theoretical reconciliation between André Bazin’s concept of “fact-image“ put forward by the French critic in his essay about Italian neo-realism and the deleuzian concept of “pure optical situation“, that is extended in... Read More

NCR was Made in Puiu’s Land

Andrei GORZO

Keywords: New Romanian Cinema, Cristi Puiu, André Bazin, Realism

Abstract: In 1992, Cristi Puiu was admitted to the department of Painting at Geneva’s École supérieure d’art visuel (He had first visited Switzerland in 1990, exhibiting paintings in Lausanne as part of a cultural exchange project. Meanwhile, he had tried – and had been... Read More

Figuration de soi et narcissisme dans les films de Luchino Visconti


Keywords: Luchino Visconti, self figuration, narcissism, mirror, homosexuality, psychoanalysis

Abstract: This paper proposes an approach of Luchino Visconti’s cinema, at the frontier between psychology and aesthetics. Using two concepts related to the presence of the author in the work, self figuration and narcissism, we try to show the uniqueness, unity and persistence of Visconti’s... Read More

Dreaming of a Western Paradise in the Postcommunist Romanian Cinema: Contradictions and Complementarities

Andrei SIMUŢ, Iulia MICU

Keywords: post-communist cinema, migration, EU-integration

Abstract: This paper focuses on the contradictions and complementarities reflected in the post-communist Romanian cinema, with regard to the main stages of the cultural discourse before and after the EU-integration. We will also investigate the imaginary counterpart of the migration... Read More

(Re)Enacting Velázquez’s Las Meninas Re-framed from an Intermedial Perspective


Keywords: Intermedial phenomena, Remediation, Medium, Artefact description, Trans-mediality, Index Nominum, Diego Velázquez

Abstract: The theoretical framework of the present essay springs from the media-philological field, in a brief attempt to compare two different approaches of the same artefact, (Diego Velázquez’s Las Meninas), both pertaining to the newly-fashioned orbit of intermedial phenomena. The method... Read More

Auteur Theory and To What Extent is Quentin Tarantino an Auteur


Keywords: auteur theory, Andrew Sarris, Cahiers du cinema, Peter Wollen, American cinematography, European cinematography, Quentin Tarantino

Abstract: In this paper I present an overview of the authorial theory as it was articulated by Peter Wollen and Andrew Sarris, followed by an analysis of Quentin Tarantino's feature films, in relation to the concept of auteur. The purpose of this paper is to see to what extent is Quentin Tarantino an... Read More