Quelles francophonies en Europe centrale? La Roumanie entre littérature-monde et littérature mondiale

Fournier Kiss, Corinne (2021). Quelles francophonies en Europe centrale? La Roumanie entre littérature-monde et littérature mondiale. In: Botezat, Onorina; Fournier Kiss, Corinne; Mihaila, Ramona (eds.) Scriitori români de expresie străină / Écrivains roumains d’expression étrangère / Romanian Authors Writing in Foreign Tongues (pp. 35-47). Bucarest: ProUniversitaria 10.52744/9786062613242.03

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Unlike other national movements in Central Europe at the beginning of the 19th century, the Romanian national awakening was unique in being as francophile as it was romanianophile. Parallel to the revived emphasis upon the vernacular language and the exhumation of Romanian customs and folklore, French language and culture penetrated widely into the Romanian-speaking regions and were even encouraged. The examination of this paradox opens up considerations that are at once scientific (French as a Romance language being a model for the re-Latinization of Romanian), emotional (admiration and affinity towards a sister nation), and identity-related (belief in the existence of common elements of national identity). It also allows us to better understand the fact that, for two centuries now, Romania has had a tenacious tradition of writing in French, which can in no way be understood solely or even primarily as a “migration literature in French”.

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Book Section (Book Chapter)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of French Language and Literature

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Fournier Kiss, Corinne


400 Language > 440 French & related languages
400 Language > 450 Italian, Romanian & related languages
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 840 French & related literatures
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 850 Italian, Romanian & related literatures
900 History








Corinne Ingrid Fournier Kiss

Date Deposited:

31 May 2021 16:26

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:47

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

nationalism, francophilia, Francophonie, migration literature, littérature-monde, World literature, Vasile Alecsandri, Emil Cioran, Matei Visniec, Panait Istrati, Lena Constante.



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