Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu
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Abstract: In this essay I address a particular case of economic trauma, housing anxiety, the difficulty of obtaining housing, as reflected in Romanian literature published after 2008, the year of the global financial crisis. The housing anguish is sometimes complicated or prolonged in some post-communist Romanian writers, such as Lavinia Braniște, into an identity trauma, of the unfulfilled desire to belong to a community, to build a couple, to hold on to a “homeland”, to a certain securing collective. At other times, as with Ruxandra Novac, the economic-identity trauma moves into a new form of epigenetic adaptation: the development of an interest in non-belonging, in the transnational, in a diffuse global, the urge to belong appearing as an obsolete form of control exercised by tradition over the individual. The young architect involved in the private real estate business, M. Duțescu’s emblematic character, is the antagonistic/ complementary model of the characters or voices of Braniște and Novac’s literature: he constructs spaces of the individual’s capture in a logic of inhabitation/ ownership of real estate that they either cannot afford (Braniște) or reject (Novac).
Keywords: economic trauma, global financial crisis, housing anxiety, ownership, Lavinia Braniște, Ruxandra Novac, Mihai Duțescu
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