Universitatea din Bucureşti, Facultatea de Litere / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Letters
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11 / 2016
Gheorghe Crăciun, Neuro-Somatic Realism, and the Visual Adventure of the Renaissance
The paper draws a parallel between the advances in perceptual illusionism in Renaissance painting and the evolution of the techniques of rendering the primordial contact with the world in the post-WWII Romanian literature. The two lines of artistic evolution have in common the paradox of expressing a pristine experience, religious in the first case, secular in the second, with ever-growing mimetic precision. The focus is on the Romanian experience and, while discerning the conceptual imbroglio that presided over the emergence of a poetry of onthological exuberance in the 1960s, the analysis concentrates on the culmination of the process of representing it through an accurate neuro-somatic realism, in the work of Gheorghe Crăciun, a major author and theoretician representative of the so-called Generation of the 1980s.
Keywords: Realism – neural – somatic –mimesis – body poetics – Renaissance