Krupa, Tomasz - About the reception of Sorana Gurian’s literary work in Romania

slovo:6149 - Slovo, February 25, 2020, How to think of literary history in the 21st century in the Euro-Asian space?
About the reception of Sorana Gurian’s literary work in Romania

Authors: Krupa, Tomasz

The case of Sorana Gurian (1913‑1956) allows to examine the situation of multiple exclusion in the 20th century European society: she is a Jewish woman, a stranger accused of espionage and collaboration and her body, disabled and affected by cancer, becomes the main culprit of this plural banishment. The author is a tragic figure: not only because of her life, but also due to the oblivion that her oeuvre fell into – yet original and contemporarily recognized – counting six volumes in French and Romanian and dozens of press publications. In the paper, I propose to read chosen literary chronicles commenting on two Gurian’s editions published in Romania in 1945‑1946 – Zilele nu se întorc niciodată [Days that never return] and Întâmplări între amurg și noapte [Adventures between twilight and night]. These chronicles show the way in which the Other was perceived, in this case – a woman writer, a disabled woman or a Jewish woman in the 20th century. Such perspective aims to show the non‑ aesthetic conditions (gender, corporality, social class, political convictions, ethnic origin, etc.) which have determined Gurian’s appearance and disappearance in the literary scene, and which still influence the way of perceiving her texts in Romania. At the end of this study, I reflect on the possibility of rehabilitating this figure in the history of European literature, that could renew the Romanian literary canon of the 20th century, in which women writers haven’t still found their place.


Volume: How to think of literary history in the 21st century in the Euro-Asian space?
Section: Varia
Published on: February 25, 2020
Submitted on: February 24, 2020
Keywords: body,Post-War Romania,literary canon,literary reception,litterature written by women,Otherness,Roumanie d’après‑guerre,corps,altérité,littérature écrite par les femmes,réception littéraire,canon littéraire,ciało,inność,literatura pisana przez kobiety,kanon literacki,recepcja literacka,powojenna Rumunia,România de după război,corp,alteritate,literatura scrisă de femei,receptarea literară,canonul literar,[SHS.LITT]Humanities and Social Sciences/Literature


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