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Apriorism românesc în Cruciada copiilor de Lucian Blaga
A Priori Romanian Elements in The Children’s Crusade by Lucian Blaga

Author(s): Lucian Vasile Bâgiu
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Renaşterea Cluj
Keywords: Lucian Blaga, theater, Crusade, confession, Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem, religious fanaticism

Summary/Abstract: The aim of the paper is to reveal to what extent is Lucian Blaga’s sixth drama to be reduced to the status of an aesthetic antagonism of two Christian denominations, Catholicism vs. Orthodoxy. Though the author imagines two monks and a western crusade through eastern land, we come to realize that the most important aspects of the play are its other characters, i.e. the Lady of the Fortress, her child and Crazy Ioana; moreover, the Fortress itself, a place that could not be geographically mapped for it is not a real realm, but a mythical world, an imaginary boundary between reality and fairy-tale, a mental concept where the authentic ancient spiritual features of the traditional original Romanian culture and civilization still survive. We conclude that Cruciada copiilor (The Children’s Crusade) is an artistic attempt to save the paradisiacal innocence and, at the same time, a philosophical warning to the futile death spiritual corruption implies.

  • Issue Year: III/2009
  • Issue No: 02
  • Page Range: 61-72
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Romanian