Romanian Joyce: From Hostility to Hospitality

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This study makes Romania's largely unknown Joycean heritage visible to an international readership. Reviewing Joyce's critical reception and translations, as well as the writer's influence on Romanian prose, it brings Derrida's notion of «hostipitality» to comparative literary and translation studies in order to theorize the impact of politics and ideology on fiction. After an original survey of the links between Romanian modernism/postmodernism and Western literature, it focuses on alternate trends of hostility and hospitality towards Joyce, especially his techniques and style. It examines how translations dealt with themes prone to communist censorship (politics, sexuality, religion, food), before discussing Joyce's impact on Romanian writers such as Eliade, Biberi, Bălăiţă and Oţoiu.

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About the author (2014)

Arleen Ionescu is Professor of English Literature at University of Ploieşti (UPG) and Editor of the leading Romanian journal Word and Text. Her major research fields are Modernist prose and Critical Theory. She has published widely on Joyce as well as on Beckett, Blanchot and Derrida.

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