Program Zilele Porţilor Deschise

Masterul de Studii Culturale Britanice are plăcerea de a vă invita să asistaţi la o serie de cursuri în cadrul Zilelor Porţilor Deschise. Găsiţi mai jos o descriere detaliată a tematicii fiecărui curs, numele profesorilor şi data la care se vor ţine. Toate cursurile vor avea loc în sala BCSC (aflată la etajul I al Facultaţii de Limbi şi Literaturi Străine din Pitar Moş). Vom reveni cu detalii despre alte cursuri în zilele care vor urma.

Vă aşteptăm cu drag,

Dragoş Manea

Secretar BCSC



Postcolonial Inscribings: Indian Identities

Dr. Maria-Sabina Draga-Alexandru

09.04.2013; 16:00-18:00

The course sets out to explore and challenge the postcolonial mission of “the Empire writing back to the Centre” (Salman Rushdie) in the case of contemporary Indian fiction in English and show that this fiction is highly relevant to contemporary (postcolonial) identity concerns.  It is also among the most articulate, readable and popular of writing in today’s world, due to its overcoming of the postmodern crisis of form through its use of the Indian tradition of oral storytelling.

The focus will be double: we shall discuss postcolonial theory in direct relation to concrete literary examples chosen so as to address the negotiation between the British legacy and the epic, mythic, storytelling and theatrical traditions of India.  Whilst recent fiction will be our main focus (approached from a thematic rather than chronological perspective), narrative texts will be read in a wide historical, social and cultural context and in their relation with Indian traditions, mostly with the tradition of Indian theatre and oral storytelling.  We shall discuss the significance of the gesture of writing in English and focus on the continuous opening-up of Resident and Non-Resident Indian writing to a worldwide readership.  This goes beyond the postcolonial centre-margin dichotomy towards a cultivation of specific individualities that draw inspiration from storytelling, performance and myth.

The purpose of the course is to open up the students’ horizon of literary and contextual knowledge to some important names in the contemporary writing scene related to the question of postcolonialism in different ways and to ask questions regarding their situatedness on the common ground between the literary traditions of British culture, Indian traditions and the identity crises of displacement that characterise today’s global world.


Shaping the Republic of Letters: Crisis and Reformation in Early Modern Europe

Dr. Sorana Corneanu

09.04.2013; 18:00-20:00

The impact of the early modern reconfiguration of knowledge on the European ‘modern mind’ has been long acknowledged, yet continues to be subject to renewed appraisal. By ‘early modern’ we understand the period between the late sixteenth and the early eighteenth centuries, and by ‘modern mind’ we designate the fundamental questions that have shaped the thought and intellectual practices of modern man. That the early modern period was one of a consciousness of crisis in all areas of life and thought, and that various projects of reformation were proposed in response is again well-known. But the actual terms in which both crisis and reformation were conceived, the significance of those terms for later developments, as well as their relevance to the shapes of the early modern ‘Republic of Letters’, are still a matter of debate. Equally topical is the cross-fertilization of early modern disciplines in addressing the double phenomenon of crisis/reformation.

This course aims to familiarize students with the current historiographical debate around this question, as well as to invite investigation into some of the relevant historical issues and texts. We will look at philosophical, scientific, literary, moralist or educational writings, while also exploring the early modern phenomenon of the reconfiguration of disciplinary boundaries.


Postcommunism/Postcolonialism: Siblings of Subalter(n)ity

Dr. Bogdan Ştefănescu

10.04.2013; 16:00-18:00

The course offers a comparative perspective on post-colonialism and post-communism against the epistemic background of late modernity/postmodernity, an age when capitalist and communist empires collapse giving way to new forms of domination. The aim is to highlight generic and structural similarities, on the one hand, and historical and ideological differences, on the other, between these siblings of subalter(n)ity.

While theoretical and methodological reflexivity is thoroughly pursued in the various sessions, efforts are made to offer a lively picture of postcommunist discourse in Romania by means of memorable and stylistically consummate texts by foremost Romanian authors. They are always to be approached contrastively, with a view to the aims outlined in the previous paragraph.

The agenda of this course is to rekindle the militant relevance and political involvement of cultural studies. Postcolonial criticism has always been an effort of minor/marginal cultures to expose and understand the way in which a hegemonic cultural power subdued and manipulated the development of their identity and also to retaliate and rectify their situation. By turning the critical lens of cultural studies on Romania’s own recent history as a marginal culture, the course is prompting students to engage their own colonized identities and take a stance in terms of cultural politics.


History of Ideas – Cultural Identity

Dr. Mihaela Irimia

11.04.2013; 16:00-18:00

This 2-term module covers a wide theoretical and conceptual agenda focusing on basic questions of Western cultural identity. With a History of Ideas component, the module introduces MA students to developments typical of the 1930’s to further pursue the evolution of a distinct discipline that came into being and grew into a typically interdisciplinary approach to culture.

The backbone of Western metaphysics is fleshed out with topics on the modernity agenda, in which the modernity phenomenon is perceived as a Western project. Foundationalist schools of thinking are introduced only for Antifoundationalist one to be then discussed at length.

The Cultural Identity component is thus substantiated with slots covering such late modern intellectual attitudes as Deconstruction, New Historicism, Cultural Materialism, Representations, (Post)Colonial and Race Studies, National Identity. The aim is to equip the MA student with a way of thinking characterizing late modern societies at a time of globalization.

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