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Dimitrie Bolintineanu as the Creator of Sentimental Romantic Novel

Publication: Philologica Jassyensia, X (1 supl.), p. 285-297
Publisher:Institutul de Filologie Română „A. Philippide”
Abstract:It is generally assumed that a century of novel is a time interval. This research focuses upon the Romanian literature of the 19th century in general and upon the way it centres around the genre of novel in particular. The present article deals with lyric romantic novels. Manoil – the main character of Dimitrie Bolintineanu’s novel, entitled after his name – is the head of a long chain of characters, which will lead to a renewal and a redimensioning of homo fictus in Romanian novels. Manoil is an epistolary novel with the same lyric and sentimental substance as that of the Romanian prose of the preromantic and early Romantic epoch. In the age of the pioneering autochthonous novel, D. Bolintineanu makes an effort to transform the inner life of the main character from a hypothesis into a sensible reality. The writer introduces the first image of a melancholy character, lonely and anxious, capable of jealousy and finding himself – at least for some time – in a discord with nature which contests his aspirations (even if this image lacks relief) to the Romanian literature. This character has not so far been able to keep silent. His inner dimension is converted into phrases with strident sonority, thus demonstrating its contradictory temper. The discourse of the Romantic character will discover, in the course of literary elaboration, the price of silence.
Key words:epistolary novel, lyric and sentimental substance, conventionalism and artificiality, social documentary, aesthetic maturity
Language: English

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References in this publication: 1

1Şerban AxinteAparitia romanului romanesc. Puncte de vederePhil. Jass., VI (1), 7-142010pdf

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