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„Своят“ и „чуждият“ Йон Лука Караджале
Ion Luca Caragiale – “Own” or “Foreign”

Author(s): Roumiana L. Stantcheva
Subject(s): Studies of Literature, Modern Age, Romanian Literature, Translation Studies
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN
Keywords: Ion Luca Caragiale’s origins; satirical short stories; criticism of xenophobia; literary functions of onomastic

Summary/Abstract: Discussed by his contemporaries through the opposition „own or foreign“, identified by the next generations as a writer from the so-called „Balkanist“ literary line, in his short satirical stories, the Romanian writer Ion Luca Caragiale (1852-1912) demonstrates his sense for the oriental backwardness of the mores from the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. Even though Caragiale’s critics attack him for his supposed foreign origin and claimed that made him overly critical of Romanian society, he was not afraid to expose the falsity and to ridicule the Bucharest self-proclaimed elite with their pretentions standing in stark contrast to their trickster approach to life and their nationalist disposition. The „foreign“ Caragiale, with his sense of the peculiarities of the Romanian world, has created remarkable humorous and satirical images of „his own” compatriots and of life in the small Paris.

  • Issue Year: 61/2018
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 3-12
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Bulgarian