Leo Loveday and Emilia Parpală (editors), Ways of Being in Literary and Cultural Spaces, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2016, 234 pages
Leo Loveday and Emilia Parpală (editori), Moduri de a fi în spaţiile literare şi culturale, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2016, 234 pagini
University of Craiova,
Faculty of Letters
The volume edited by Leo Loveday and Emilia Parpală mainly consists in a selection of articles presented at the 8th edition of the international conference Comparatism, Identity, Communication (CIC2015), Craiova, 16th-17th of October, 2015 to which there are added other contributions by researchers from Ukraine, Spain, Bulgaria, Japan. The title reflects the interest for the identity issue which turns into the key-concept of the book revolving around two other syntagms: “ways of being” and “performance”.
The theoretical approaches are exemplified by three means of expression: fiction, linguistic discourse and culture. Whereas fiction becomes a privileged space where the relationships between self and otherness are examined, the question of linguistic identity proves “fundamental for narratology and poetics” as it “frequently emerges as significant in the fields of stylistics and pragmatics” (Loveday & Parpală 2016: 3).