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Literaturgeschichte und Interkulturalität

Festschrift für Maria Sass

Edited By Doris Sava and Stefan Sienerth

Aus Anlass des doppelten Geburtstages – 50 Jahre Germanistik in Hermannstadt und 60. Geburtstag von Maria Sass, der langjährigen Leiterin dieses Lehrstuhls, – greifen die literaturhistorisch, kulturwissenschaftlich und interdisziplinär ausgerichteten Beiträge aus unterschiedlichen Perspektiven die Geschichte und Dokumentation der rumäniendeutschen und deutschen (Gegenwarts-)Literatur auf. Fragen der Rezeptionsgeschichte und der Wechselwirkungen im Bereich der Interkulturalität, der Literaturvermittlung und des deutsch-rumänischen Kulturaustausches bilden thematische Schwerpunkte des Studienbandes und stehen damit im Zeichen der Wahrung von Kontinuität und Konstanz der Hermannstädter Germanistik.

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Rodica Brad: Emil Cioran’s Romanian Correspondence: The Letters to Wolf Aichelburg


Rodica Brad

Emil Cioran’s Romanian Correspondence: The Letters to Wolf Aichelburg

Abstract: This paper analyses Emil Cioran’s correspondence with personalities of his time, focusing on the letters he sent to Wolf von Aichelburg. Emil Cioran’s letters, a veritable laboratory of ideas and projects, are also an invaluable resource for all interpreters of his work, as they contain thoughts, testimonies, notes, confessions, his view of his own work, echoes of their critical reception by his contemporaries, meditations on literary, historical, the intellectual and cultural themes. His correspondence presents itself as a lyrical recitative, in which the author is alive and spectacular in ideas and positions, charming in style, lucid and highly reactive and versatile, at the same time. The analysis of Cioran’s letters to von Aichelburg shows that the two outstanding personalities of Romanian culture shared a close and emotional literary friendship, based on respect, compassion and synergy, but also on common preoccupations and readings, on common intellectual and literary positions, on empathy.

Keywords: Emil Cioran, Wolf von Aichelburg, letters, Romanian literature, Sibiu

Cioran’s letters, dating from the time of his youth, written in Romanian and in French, form a valuable correspondence. A useful one, especially from the point of view of getting accustomed to and interpreting his work. Besides, it displays biographical details or reveals some important aspects pertaining to the intellectual and cultural life of Romania or of France (where Cioran arrived in 1937 and where he stayed for the rest...

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