A community of spoken words. Forms and practices of the conversation at Viața românească cenacle





conversation; cenacle; phenomena of loss; laughter; Viața românească


The present article analyses the conversation of the cenacle Viața românească by exploring three directions of research. In the first place, the study concentrates on the conversation as a phenomenon of loss, focussing on the voice of the writers and oral speech as signs of extreme fragility. On the one hand, the reflection on the absence of the spoken word articulates an imaginary of evanescence that functions as a collective representation of the community. On the other hand, it reconsiders the relation between the oral and the written word by favouring the conversation against the literary work. In the second place, the article investigates the forms of the conversation specific to the cenacle as they appear in the memoirs of some members. Representing the cenacle as a democratic society where each member has equal rights, the memoirs of the cenacle depict, at the same time, some regulations that limit the speech such as the anti-rhetoric, the delicacy, and the admiration. Finally, the last issue to be approached is the content of the conversation. On the one hand, the cenacle represents itself as an elevated group that discusses the issues of literature, investing in the “profitable” conversation (Glinoer, Laisney) at the expense of the agreeable interaction. On the other hand, the cenacle values the forms of entertainment as a way of detachment from writing, the study focussing, in the last part, on the functions of laughter inside the literary community.

Author Biography

Maricica Munteanu, The “A. Philippide” Institute of Romanian Philology, Iasi, Romania

Maricica Munteanu is a PhD. Scientific Researcher (CS) in the Department of Literary History at the “A. Philippide” Institute of Romanian Philology in Iași, Romania. In 2018, she completed her PhD studies at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University Iași, with a thesis entitled Representations of Space and Community in the Literature of Viața românească Group, with the distinction Summa cum laudae. Her research interests include cultural studies, Romanian literary history, literary geography, cultural memory, and literary communities. More specifically, her works examine different ways of representing marginality in literature, the local identities, the spatial and collective imaginary of literary groups, the forms of sociability and their impact on the creativity process. She has published multiple articles in academic journals and volumes: How style makes space. Reflections on the forms of life in the literature of Viaţa românească circle („Dacoromania litteraria” 2017), Oppressive marginality: the place stereotype and the spaces of collection in the literature of Moldavian writers (SJRS 2018), The Writing in Common: Ionel Teodoreanu and Ștefana Velisar Teodoreanu („Transilvania” 2016), Urban Revolutions, Peripheral Counter-Revolutions. Representations of Province in the Literature of Viața Românească Circle (Revolutions. The Archeology of Change 2018), The Space of Iași: provincial capital, mental map”, lieu de mémoire (Romanian Memorialist Writings: between historic document and aesthetic object 2017). In the present, she contributes with articles at the project of the Romanian Academy, General Dictionary of Romanian Literature, 2nd edition (DGLR).


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How to Cite

Munteanu, M. (2020). A community of spoken words. Forms and practices of the conversation at Viața românească cenacle. Swedish Journal of Romanian Studies, 3(1), 34–50. https://doi.org/10.35824/sjrs.v3i1.21417