6 | 2019
L’histoire littéraire en deçà et au-delà de la nation

Dossier coordonné par / Edited by Călin Teutișan, Cosmin Borza

ISSN 2360 – 5189
ISSN–L 2360 – 5189
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In the critical discourse of the field’s most reputed researchers, the vantage point on the “nation” has shifted from a tendency towards studying it within strictly defined geographical boundaries (and implicitly within ethnic and racial categories) to the concession of isolating networks of transcultural phenomena, territorial crossings or multilingual interferences. As a consequence, literary histories themselves could no longer be shaped after the ethnocentric model of “epical synthesis” fuelled by 19th century values and worldviews. Historiographical approaches aimed at establishing national narratives about canonical authors, about referential historical data, about the most representative literary movements or – in the case of so-called “semi-peripheric” cultures – about the intersections and synchronisations with “great” and “central” cultures have been replaced by theoretical standpoints built upon debating cultural confluences, intersections and hybridizations, precisely those phenomena that eschew inquiry within the confines of a single ethnic space.
Since the early 2000s, the reconfiguration of literary history beyond the nation has not only generated intense debate, but has also prompted far-reaching research projects, of which transnational literary histories with regional focus (addressing Latin America, the Iberic Peninsula and Central and Eastern Europe, respectively) have proven the most prolific. At the same time, the national literary systems’ presumed homogeneity has been dismantled during recent years by the Bloomsbury Academic series Literatures as World Literatures, coordinated by Thomas O. Beebee. This collection, which has hosted extensive studies on world literatures (German, Brazilian, Danish, Dutch, Romanian and American, among others), has not only led to new variations in the field of comparative literature, but also to viable approaches to contemporary literary history. Among the major aims of these studies were the rehabilitation of a broad array of phenomena, directions and literary instruments previously neglected or downright rejected by literary historiography: literatures written by ethnic minorities, by exiled or diasporic authors, literatures preceding the nation-state in its current understanding, literatures that refuse any sort of national classification, circuits of translation and export, the profoundly heterogenous phenomena of global literature, etc.

Introduction / 5
Histoires littéraires alternatives / Alternative scenarios to national literary histories

Imre József BALÁZS
Le Surréalisme en 1947: The Export and Exchange of Ideas in Post-War International Surrealism / 8
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Interférences de l’histoire littéraire. Traités en langue hongroise sur la littérature roumaine au tournant du XXe siècle / 21
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Mihaela MUDURE
Romanian English Studies Specialists and National Literary History / 29
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Anamaria OMER
A New Concept of Literary History. Romanian Literature and the Network Structures / 39
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Constantina Raveca BULEU
Esotericism and Secrecy in Alternative Literary Histories / 47
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Literary History and Cognitive Science. A Psycho-Neurological Perspective on Romanian Interbellum Fiction / 58
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Transgressions de l’histoire littéraire nationale / Transgressions of national literary historiography

De l’histoire littéraire (contemporaine) en régime intermédial : perspective interniste et épreuve du dehors visuel de la littérature (XXe–XXIe siècles) / 67
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Genre as a Conceptual Tool / 83
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Dominique PRIVÉ
Pour une nouvelle histoire littéraire québécoise, du local à l’universel : la littérature migratoire / 90
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Daniela SPINA
Writing National History without a Nation: The Case of Indo-Portuguese Literary History / 96
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Isidore de Seville : les prémisses d’une histoire de la littérature avant la lettre ? / 111
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Figures de la nation / Avatars of national narratives

Ioana Alexandra LIONTE
The English Translation of Mihai Eminescuʼs Poetry / 122
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The Physiology of Taste. From Culinary to Literary Art / 137
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Tissus et accessoires oubliés. De la panoplie vestimentaire dʼun écrivain « sentimental » / 149
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“How Do We Happen to Be Inspired?” Literature Surveys from the 1930s / 162
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Cosmin BORZA
The National No Manʼs Land. Imagining Rurality in The Romanian Literary Histories / 170
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Comptes rendus / Book Reviews

Contributeurs / Contributors / 199