Universitatea “Babeş-Bolyai” din Cluj Napoca, Facultatea de Litere
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3 / 2009
The topochrony of books from the folk: the heraldry of love
Answering a sui-generis human imperative, that of living, simultaneously, inside the story, the myth and the exemplary legend, but also answering the compensatory necessity that gives solutions (through the imagined symbolic architectures) for improving the disappointing and dramatic quotidian –– popular books can also be read as an interpretation of the reality, with all that it brings from the immediate or from an archetypal background, feeding the imaginary which in this way is sapientially, morally and aesthetically shaped. On the other hand, popular books offer models of human edification, of initiation in the knowledge of the world and of the self, which, sometimes, encrypts ontological solutions. One of these solutions is – at the end of the Romanian 18th century characterized by the changes in mentality and in the field of the ontological reference points – love. Retrieving the influences of the curtois novel, with the entire ritual of love, popular books such as The history of Erotocrit and Aretusa, The history of Filerot and Anthusa are now changing the spacio-temporal marks of the exterior world according to the inner world of the protagonists. In this way, books like the ones we referred to add a new fundamental value besides faith, wisdom and bravery: feeling.
Keywords: popular books; initiation through love; sapiential, moral and aesthetical values; heraldry of love, symbolic chronotopes of love
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