Literary Creativity Between Individual Innovation and Collective Norms. Tudor Vianu’s The Art of Romanian Prose Writers in the Post-war History of Romanian Criticism

Adriana STAN


The study tries to assess a part of Tudor Vianu’s scholarly influence in the history of post-war Romanian literary criticism, by tracing the circulation of concepts and evaluating the paradigm shift inspired by his 1941 book The Art of Romanian Prose Writers. Along this line of inquiry, two basic themes of literary criticism are discussed: on the one hand, the singularity of literary creation, an idea with deep roots and long-lasting consequences in Romanian criticism; on the other hand, the collective aspect of creativity, an idea inspired by literary theories of the second half of the 20th century, which challenged the traditional beliefs about the originality of the artist.

Keywords: literary historiography, formalism, individuality, literary series, stylistics