Reading, Writing, Being: Persians, Parisians, and the Scandal of Identity

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Christian Moraru, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Moraru discusses the impact of Matei Calinescu's writings to all his readers. Calinescu's work is merely a kind of optical instrument which he offers to the reader to enable him to discern what, without the book, he would perhaps have never perceived himself. Calinescu suggests that meaning-making in the margins of an other's work is self-making, a self-centering identity protocol complete with its rewards and illusions--with identitarian illusion itself as the ultimate and vital reward. In Calinescu's view, identity is conquest, asserts itself with the virility of a conqueror via an historical rhetoric of competition, confrontation, and contradictions.

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symploke 17.1-2 (2009): 247-253
Language: English
Date: 2009
Matei Calinescu, Literary Theory, Reading, Identity

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