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  • Matei Călinescu’s Publications

Literary Works

1968 Semne (poeme). Bucharest: Editura pentru literatură, 1968. (Sign, poems.)
1969 Viaţa şi opiniile lui Zacharias Lichter (The Life & Opinions of Zacharias Lichter)—a short novel. Bucharest: Editura pentru literatură. Awarded the Romanian Writers’ Union Prize for Fiction (1969). Translated into Hungarian (1971), Polish (1972), and French (excerpts in Cahiers de l’Est, 1, 2, 1975). 2nd ed., enlarged (Bucharest: Editura Eminescu, 1971); 3rd ed., with new preface (1995) (Iaşi: Polirom, 1995); 4th edition (Iaşi: Polirom, 2004).
1970 Versuri (Lines). Bucharest: Editura Eminescu, 1970.
1972 Umbre de Apă (poeme). (Water Shadows, poems). Bucharest: Cartea românescă, 1972.
1976 Selections of poetry translated into English in Mundus Artium, New Letters.
1981 Selections of poetry translated into English in Seneca Review.
1982 Selections of poetry translated into English in Correspondances. [End Page 235]
1983 Selections of poetry translated into English in 2 PLUS 2.
1994 With Ion Vianu, Amintiri în dialog. (Memories in Dialogue). Bucharest: Editura Litera, 1994. 2nd ed. with preface and two new chapters included as an Epilogue, Iaşi: Polirom, 1998; 3rd edition, Iaşi: Polirom, 2005.
2003 Portretul lui M. (The Portrait of M, a memoir). Iaşi: Polirom, 2003.
2004 Tu: Elegii şi invenţii. (You: Elegies and Inventions, poems). Iaşi: Polirom, 2004.
2005 Un fel de jurnal, 1973-1981. (A Diary of Sorts, 1973-1981). Iaşi: Polirom, 2005.
2009 Matthew’s Enigma. (Translation of Portretul lui M by Angela Jianu). Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009.

Books of Literary Criticism

1964 Titanul şi geniul în poezia lui Eminescu. (The Titan and the Genius Motifs in the Poetry of Eminescu). Bucharest: Editura pentru literatură, 1964.
1965 Aspecte literare (Literary Aspects). Bucharest: Editura pentru literatură, 1965.
1967 Eseuri critice. (Essays in Criticism). Bucharest: Editura pentru literatură. 1967.
1970 Eseuri despre literatura modernă. (Essays on Modern Literature). Bucharest: Editura Eminescu, 1970. Revised and enlarged edition of previous item. Awarded the 1970 Prize for Literary Criticism of the Romanian Academy.
1971 Clasicismul European. (European Neo-Classicism). Bucharest: Editura enciclopedică, 1971. Awarded the 1971 Prize for Literary Criticism of the Bucharest Writers’ Association. 2nd edition, Cluj: Editura Limes, 2006.
1972 Conceptul modern de poezie: de la romantism la avangardă. (The Modern Concept of Poetry: From Romanticism to the Avant Garde). [End Page 236] Bucharest: Editura Eminescu, 1972. 2nd edition with new preface, Piteşti: Editura Paralela 45, 2002.
1973 Fragmentarium. Cluj: Editura Dacia, 1973.
1977 Faces of Modernity: Avant-Garde, Decadence, Kitsch. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1977. This edition has been translated into Serbo-Croatian (1982).
1987 Five Faces of Modernity: Modernism, Avant-Garde, Decadence, Kitsch, Postmodernism. Second paperback edition, enlarged and updated, of Faces of Modernity, including a new chapter, “On Postmodernism (1986).” Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press. Several printings since 1988. This edition has been translated into Japanese (1989, reissued in 1994), Spanish (1992, reissued in 2004), Romanian (1995 and in an enlarged edition in 2005), Swedish (2000), Portuguese (2001), Chinese (2001), and Italian (2007).
1988 Exploring Postmodernism. Co-edited with D.W. Fokkema. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins. Paperback edition, 1990.
1993 Rereading. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993. Translated into Romanian as A citi, a reciti. Către o poetică a (re)lecturii, Iaşi: Polirom, 2003; second enlarged edition, 2006.
2002 Despre Ioan P. Culianu şi Mircea Eliade. Amintiri, lecturi, reflecţii. (On Ioan P. Culianu and Mircea Eliade: Memories, Readings and Reflections). Iaşi: Polirom, 2002. 2nd edition, Iaşi: Polirom, 2002.
2003 Mateiu I. Caragiale: recitiri. (Mateiu I. Caragiale: Rereadings). Cluj: Biblioteca Apostrof, 2003. 2nd edition, Iaşi: Polirom, 2006.
2005 Ionesco: Recherches identitaires. Paris: Oxus, 2005.
2006 Eugène Ionesco: Teme identitare şi existenţiale. (Eugène Ionesco: Identitary and Existential Themes). Iaşi: Junimea, 2006.

Essays in Books

(in English, French, German, Italian; essays in books in Romanian before 1973 are not included; for essays in books in Romanian after 1989, see next section.)

1978 “Histoire et profondeur.” Denis de Rougemont, l’ecrivain, l’européen. Eds. A. Reszler and H. Schwamm. Neuchâtel: La Baconnière, [End Page 237] 1978; 28-31.
1982 “Literature and Politics.” Interrelations of literature. Eds. J.P...


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