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The Traditions of Invention: Romanian Ethnic and Social Stereotypes in Historical Context - Balkan Studies Library 10 (Hardback)Alex Drace-Francis (author)
Hardback 310 Pages / Published: 07/06/2013
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Literary and cultural images, once considered marginal to the main currents of political and institutional development in southeastern Europe, have been accorded much greater importance by scholars in recent years. In this volume Alex Drace-Francis brings together over fifteen years of work on the topic of representations of Romania and Romanians. Crossing the East-West divide, the book studies both external images of the country and people, and domestically-generated representations of Europe and 'the West'. It draws on material in a wide range of languages and offers a long-term view, providing a nuanced and historically-grounded contribution to the lively debates over Balkanism, Orientalism and identities in Romania and in Europe as a whole.
Number of pages: 310
Weight: 619 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 23 mm
"Inspirational for historians, literary scholars, and social scientists interested in travel, myths, representations and identity, irrespective of the regional focus of their expertise. Recommended readings for specialists and non-specialists alike." Monika Baar in English Historical Review, February 2017 "Overall, Drace-Francis's study stands out first and foremost through his ability to ask the most pressing questions on a subject, to single out the key dilemmas, and to open up relevant paths for future investigation." Monica Spiridon (University of Bucharest) on H-Nationalism (February, 2016) (full review text: http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=45985) "These well-researched essays, taken together, make useful additions to aspects of Romanian cultural historiography and invite further inquiry. The author's analyses of literary texts suggest productive avenues for more deeply understanding the intellectual climate of the times, and he has made a strong case for the value of travel literature as a historical source. Keith Hitchins, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in Slavic Review Vol. 73, No. 2 (Summer 2014), pp. 411-412 (full review text: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5612/slavicreview.73.2.411) "With his stimulating analyses, Drace-Francis opens up new approaches to many aspects of Romanian identity, as perceived both from the inside and the outside." Klaus Steinke in IFB, Digitales Rezensionsorgan fur Bibliothek und Wissenschaft (full review text: http://ifb.bsz-bw.de/bsz399138900rez-1.pdf?id=6272) "L'insieme di questi saggi, che nei contenuti presentano temi, personaggi e periodi molto differenti, offre un esempio ricco e articolato della complessita legata alla questione dell'identita romena. In particolare Drace-Francis dimostra come l'identita e la rappresentazione dell'altro non si possano concepire in maniera monolitica, bensi soltanto nella complessita e pluralita di rimandi fra culture e discorsi differenti, a loro volta espressione di motivazioni, contesti e narrazioni specifiche, che se da un lato impediscono di dare una risposta definitiva su una questione precisa, dall'altro hanno il merito di favorire una conoscenza lontana da quegli stereotipi messi sotto la lente d'ingrandimento dell'autore in questo volume. Antonio d'Alessandri in Nuova Rivista Storica, XCIX, III, 2015, pp 1087-8
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