Founding Criticism. Titu Maiorescu’s Rhetoric Strategies for Constructing Authority Cover Image

Întemeierea criticii. Strategii retorice ale autorităţii la Titu Maiorescu
Founding Criticism. Titu Maiorescu’s Rhetoric Strategies for Constructing Authority

Author(s): Doris Mironescu
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Editura Alfa
Keywords: Titu Maiorescu; authority; Romanian literary criticism; 19th century aesthetics

Summary/Abstract: The question of critic Titu Maiorescu’s authority in the Romanian culture was differently answered by generations of critics. This paper discusses it not in order to uncover a disparity in the critic’s personality or ideas, but to reveal a set of complex rhetorical strategies of building authority, aimed at a a relatively sophisticated public. These strategies are: the recourse to philosophical ideas and their essayistic presentation, embracing logical reasoning and consistency with oneself, a pragmatic attitude and an enticing polemical spirit that invites the readers into the debate. Also, describing Mihai Eminescu’s personality as an embodiment of Titu Maiorescu’s own aesthetic theories proved a far-reaching operation that set the agenda for literary discussions for decades

  • Issue Year: XII/2016
  • Issue No: 2 (24)
  • Page Range: 131-138
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Romanian