Universitatea Babeș-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca, Institutul de Lingvistică și Istorie Literară „Sextil Pușcariu”; Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Sextil Puscariu Institute of Linguistics and Literary History
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The Western Canon in The History of Contemporary Romanian Literature: 1990-2020 by Mihai Iovănel
Abstract: This paper focuses on the strategies enacted by Mihai Iovănelʼs History in order to map the transnational interactions of contemporary Romanian literature. Since Iovănel emphasizes that, starting with the 2000s, the Romanian writers define themselves mainly through the global networks in which they try to integrate, this article aims to analyse: a) the canonical function acquired by the local references to World Literature; b) their explanatory role compared to the one played by the closed circuit of the so-called “intra-national” comparisons; c) the theoretical legitimacy of the “transnational canon” projected by Iovănel in the epilogue of his History.
Keywords: contemporary Romanian literature, transnational canon, literary history, global networks, Mihai Iovănel.
Citation suggestion: Borza, Cosmin. “Canonul occidental din Istoria literaturii române contemporane: 1990-2020 de Mihai Iovănel”. Transilvania, no. 7-8(2021): 123-127.