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Articles from 9(1)/2013

On Criticism – Toward an Evaluative Perspective

Claudiu TURCUŞ

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

Claudiu TURCUŞ


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

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

Report about the State of Film Studies in Romania

Doru POP


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

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

The Poetics and Politics of Critical Art: an Atypical Case



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

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

Teaching Comparative Literature in Today\'s Romania

Mihaela URSA


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 diffcult problems the comparative literature discipline encounters everywher... Read More

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

The Eastern European Perspective on Modern Poetry: Two Hypotheses

Eliza DEAC


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 description of t... Read More

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

Post-war Romanian Literary Criticism under Communism. Short Overview



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 Western Crit... Read More

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

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



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 what he ca... Read More

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

NCR was Made in Puiu’s Land

Andrei GORZO


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

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

Figuration de soi et narcissisme dans les films de Luchino Visconti



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 cinematographic style. Th... Read More

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

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

Andrei SIMUŢ, Iulia MICU


This paper focuses on the contradictions and complementarities refected 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 process.

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

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



The theoretical framework of the present essay springs from the media-philological feld, 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 pro... Read More

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

Auteur Theory and To What Extent is Quentin Tarantino an Auteur



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 flms, in relation to the concept of auteur. The purpose of this paper is to see to what extent is Quentin Tarantino an auteur.

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

Passions de l’identité dans un théâtre qui regarde

Daria IOAN



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Pages sur le film – à la recherche d’un cinématographe perdu




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