Ioana Bot - What’s the Use of a National Poet in the Times of Worldliterature?

slovo:6139 - Slovo, February 25, 2020, How to think of literary history in the 21st century in the Euro-Asian space? - https://doi.org/10.46298/slovo.2020.6139
What’s the Use of a National Poet in the Times of Worldliterature?

Authors: Ioana Bot

The present article attempts to reflect on the particular status currently “enjoyed” by Eminescu (an important poet for the end of European and Romanian romanticism), who continues to be celebrated in Romanian canonical and scholastic texts as “the national poet.” Today, just like one century ago, he functions as an authoritative political symbol for ideologies in search of local roots and legitimation. Furthermore, he serves as a national‑identity argument in debates completely unrelated to his literary work. Following my studies on this Romanian cultural myth, published over the past twenty years, I now turn to the new Romanian literary histories, the new literary dictionaries, supervised by the Romanian Academy, as well as to some other “officially”‑sanctioned texts, in order to see if (and how) Eminescu’s position in the history of Romanian literature is being reconsidered. What does the perpetuation of the national‑poet myth mean today for the Romanian literary history and for the identity crises experienced by Romanian culture?


Volume: How to think of literary history in the 21st century in the Euro-Asian space?
Published on: February 25, 2020
Submitted on: February 24, 2020
Keywords: romanticism,national literature,Eminescu,political use of literature,national poet,usage politique de la littérature,romantisme,littérature nationale,Eminescu,poète national,poet național,utilizare politică a literaturii,romantism,literatură națională,Eminescu,[SHS.LITT]Humanities and Social Sciences/Literature


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