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“Our Homeland, the text”: critical belonging and subversive e(a)sthetics in Norman Manea’s writings on exile

Publication: Analele Universității din București. Limba și literatura română, LXI, p. 25-30
Publisher:Editura Universității din Bucureşti
Abstract:In his seminal essay of 1985, “Our Homeland, the Text”, George Steiner wrote: “The man or woman at home in the text is, by definition, a conscientious objector: to the vulgar mystique of the flag and the anthem, to the sleep of reason which proclaims „my country, right or wrong.” The aim of this essay is to explore, from the perspective opened by Steiner’s lines, Norman Manea’s sense of belonging, his attachment to the language-as-homeland, and his understanding of exile as a defining condition of the modern writer.
Key words:homeland, belonging, exile, displacement, subversiveness, e(a)sthetics
Language: English

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