Universitatea din Bucureşti, Facultatea de Litere
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10 / 2009
Private Correspondence, Public Correspondence: a Proposal
The departure point of the present study is to be found in the observation that, even though Romanian literature’s birth certificate is a letter (Scrisoarea lui Neacşu de la Câmpulung / The Letter of Neacşu from Câmpulung, 1521), and despite the relatively rich epistolary literature produced henceforth, the systematical critical approaches on this peculiar issue are surprisingly rare: the author lists as remarkable only the works of Livius Ciocârlie (Great Correspondences, 1981), Eugen Simion (a few chapters from Genres of the Biographical, 2008), Liviu Papadima (the pragmatical implications from the study Literature and communication. The relation author-reader in Romanian prose of the 1840s and post-1840s), Dan C. Mihăilescu. Therefore, Paul Cernat surveys the history of Romanian epistolary literature, from the Romantics until today, and elaborates some necessary theoretical categories and distinctions, based on the differences between private correspondence and public correspondence, clarifying thus the overall image and rendering possible the subsequent analyses.
Keywords: Romanian literature, epistolary literature, public correspondence, private correspondence
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