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Romanian Joyce

From Hostility to Hospitality

Arleen Ionescu

This study makes Romania’s largely unknown Joycean heritage visible to an international readership. Reviewing Joyce’s critical reception and translations, as well as the writer’s influence on Romanian prose, it brings Derrida’s notion of «hostipitality» to comparative literary and translation studies in order to theorize the impact of politics and ideology on fiction. After an original survey of the links between Romanian modernism/postmodernism and Western literature, it focuses on alternate trends of hostility and hospitality towards Joyce, especially his techniques and style. It examines how translations dealt with themes prone to communist censorship (politics, sexuality, religion, food), before discussing Joyce’s impact on Romanian writers such as Eliade, Biberi, Bălăiţă and Oţoiu.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Ionescu, Arleen. Romanian Joyce : from hostility to hospitality / Arleen Ionescu. pages cm ISBN 978-3-631-65291-6 1. Joyce, James, 1882-1941—Appreciation—Romania. 2. Joyce, James, 1882-1941—Translations into Romanian—History and criticism. 3. Joyce, James, 1882-1941—Criticism and interpretation. I. Title. PR6019.O9Z6285 2014 823'.912—dc23


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ISBN 978-3-631-65291-6 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-04432-4 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-04432-4

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