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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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George Manolache: The European Vasile Alecsandri and the (ex)centric Morocco1


George Manolache

The European Vasile Alecsandri and the (ex)centric Morocco1

Abstract: This article is an analysis of Vasile Alecsandri’s imaginary journey to Africa, as a depiction of the “Other” and his world. The imaginary enables us to place the “Other” in whatever location we might choose, and, for the nineteenth-century European, “the Turk”, “the Arab”, and “the Jew” are situated outside the borders of European culture and also in the city of Iasi. Alecsandri, as most of the authors belonging to the group of the late 1840s, is concerned with the desire to reorganize the imaginary world through journeys, to rank, classify and decode it anthropologically and culturally, with the romantic adventure and formal thematic conditionality. Thus, by using a certain memorialistic formula, Alecsandri is auto-translating himself as narrator, actor, experimenter and experimental object, becoming the main performer of his own history, on a culturally remote stage, which he would later on rebuild and update through “story-telling” and embarking on an imaginary voyage.

Keywords: imaginary, the “Other”, Vasile Alecsandri, memoir, Romanian literature

Majestic spectacle! Two continents, the civilized Europe and the wild Africa, separated by the Gibraltar channel, and two seas, the Ocean and the Mediterranean, united by the same canal in a mystifying accompaniment.2

By the year 1853, during a Journey to Africa, Vasile Alecsandri did not suspect that, together with the journal of the trip “from Tanger to Tatuan through Uadras”, the ethnic imaginary would find a...

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