The theory of literature as a declaration of love

  • Marius Mihet Comenius University in Bratislava
Keywords: literary theory, chronotope, the death of the author, palimpsest, literary canon


In Frumoasa necunoscută. Literatura și paradoxurile teoriei, Carmen Mușat analyzes and systemizes the relational character of literature and the discourses on literature. She revisits famous notions of modernity which can be capitalized on in our current context, where we speak of the death of the author and even the end of literary theory. In all of the approaches that she takes in the book, the author is certain that the theorist and his presence in the world retain a valid purpose, as they can counterargue, wherever the case may be, and justify the beauty of literature from novel points of view. Frumoasa necunoscutăpresents to us an inventory for an ideal way to look upon the world and literature. Carmen Mușat is a researcher who is up to date with the most sophisticated conceptual systems. The result of this is a narration under the form of a complex declaration of love for literature and the paradoxes of theory.

Author Biography

Marius Mihet, Comenius University in Bratislava

Marius Miheț: PhD studies at “Babeș-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania; Senior Lecturer Phd., Faculty of Arts, “Comenius” University, Bratislava, Slovakia/ Faculty of Letters, University of Oradea, Romania. He is also a literary critic and is a permanent collaborator of the leading literary magazine in Romania: “România literară”. Also, he is part of the editorial board of the “Familia” magazine and other academic publications. He has been writing over 500 essays and literary chronicles in most of the Romanian literary magazines. His most recent book: Подходящи маневри в мъгливо време (21 Romanian Contemporary Writers, edited with A. M. Baros), translated by Vanina Bozikova, Фондация за българска литература Publishing House, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2017; ISBN 978-954-677-098-1; Contact:


MUȘAT, C. (2017). Frumoasa necunoscută. Literatura și paradoxurile teoriei (The Beautiful Unknown. Literature and the Paradoxes of Theory). Iași: Editura Polirom

How to Cite
Mihet, M. (2019). The theory of literature as a declaration of love. Swedish Journal of Romanian Studies, 2(1), 196-199.

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