Vol. 4, 2001



Cretiu, Ioan – “Because” for a Wider Cause


Dijmarescu, Andreea – A Non-ELT Mentor Course: A Diary


Erzse, Melinda – Gains and Losses in Dubbing and Subtitling


Florea, Silvia – “Hugh Selwyn Mauberley” – A Study in Composition


Gilder, Eric – The Crafting of a Credulous Literary Methodology with Which to Understand Authorial Voices


Grønstad, Asbjørn – Violence as Form and Rhetoric: Peckinpah’s “The Wild Bunch”


Harvey, R. Lawrence – From Whence Issues the Cry? Pynchon and the Modern/Postmodern Divide


Hoye, Leo Francisc – The Strength of the Evidence. Evidential Modality in English


McKay, Stephen – Strategic Environmental Appraisal – A Model for Sustainable Futures?


Mihailescu, Clementina – The Artist-Saint Relationship in Iris Murdoch’s Novel “The Green Knight”


Moldovan, Rareş – Turning the View to the Other Side: Hume and the Aporia of Axiology


Neagu, Adriana – Personally Historic – Writerly Personal: Ackroyd – the Londoner


Pavelescu, Lucia – The Burgessian Anti-heroes


Petrascu, Mirela – The Body as Construction of Identity in Fay Weldon’s “Puffball”


Raileanu, M. Nicoleta – Male Hysteria in Dystopia: John, the Savage in Huxley’s “Brave


Sava, Dan-Serban – Flannery O’Connor: Violence and Caricature Subordinated to the Passion for God


Schneider, Ana-Karina – “Tristam Shandy”, a Postmodern Novel avant la lettre


Sandru, Cristina – Appropriating the Modern, Representing the Contemporary: David Lodge’s and Malcolm Bradbury’s “Problematic Novels”


Toma, Iulia – The Tragedy of Unfulfilled Aims: “Jude the Obscure”


Vizental, Adriana – Testing





“Hugh Selwyn Mauberley – A Study in Composition

Florea, Silvia


Abstract: The paper focuses on how this poem, with formal parts so unified as to subserve the whole, complete and processing a certain magnitude, reveals its virtues and powers in composition and devices of representation by which Pound is able to imitate or render in expressive form the subtle and the refined working of a unique sensibility.


sequence; transfiguration; unity; effacement;  organization; interplay; asyndetons; circularity; overall; wholeness.



“The Burgessian Anti-heroes”

Pavelescu, Lucia


Abstract: The first part of the present study is meant to provide a brief theoretical and historical perspective on the anti-hero, while the second part will discuss some of the Burgessian anti-heroes. Such a study must necessarily begin with the recognition that embryonic forms of this figure existed before its acknowledgement as a literary type. Walter Allen remarked that “the anti-hero is as ancient in fiction as the hero and is indeed the other face of the hero.”

The characters discussed in this paper share some common features, although they have their own distinctive characteristics. Certain aspects of their personality have as a source Burgess the man, though they should not be identified with their creator. In Manichaean terms, I dare say that the knowledge that all these anti-heroes actually acquire at the end of their self-quest journeys is the recognition of life’s “duoverse.”


Key words: hero, anti-hero, Manichaean, duoverse, neutrality, identity



“Flannery O’Connor: Violence and Caricature Subordinated to the Passion for God“

Sava, Dan-Serban


Abstract: Paradoxically, with Flannery O’Connor, the basic structural pattern which underlies her stories (the two short novels as well) is both simple and complex. The complexity resides in the strange interplay between violence and humor based on the grotesque, on the one hand, and the theological doctrine and symbolism, on the other hand. The simplicity is given by the recurrence of one and the same pattern, i.e. by the doctrinal progression of the protagonist through authentic stages of the cross. These stages include Recognition of self-deception and of the sin, Humiliation, Divine Grace falling upon the protagonist, Rebirth and Regeneration and the common denominator is Flannery O’Connor’s credo that man, despite being a sinner is redeemable—once the veil of pretense (Recognition + Humiliation) which covers most human relations is brushed aside. Only then can man indeed see his true self.


Key words: alienation, anagogical level, Catholic writer, doctrinal progression, epiphany, Flannery O’Connor, grotesque, hierophany, Manichaeism, rite of passage



“Appropriating the Modern, Representing the Contemporary: David Lodge’s and Malcolm Bradbury’s ‘problematic novels’”

Sandru, Cristina


Abstract: The article sets out to discuss and clarify Malcolm Bradbury’s and David Lodge’s theoretical positions as regards contemporary fiction-writing in general and their own fictional practice in particular. As both critics and theoreticians of literature, the two are important figures in the post-war landscape of British letters; my contention is that their respective critical positions are singular in so far as they constantly refuse to embrace one theoretical ‘school’ at the expense of another. Bradbury’s and Lodge’s stance is, instead, one of uneasy compromise, refusing both the doctrinaire rigidities of much post-structuralist thought and the return to a ‘realist’ mode of literary expression tributary to an outmoded ideological discourse. Their ‘problematic’ fictions enact this constant vacillation in their theoretical positions, in that they can be seen as both contemporary offshoots of the ‘traditional’ novel of manners and, at the same time, as self-consciously postmodern experiments with narrative form and technique.


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