Contents: Romanian Hos(ti)pitalities - A Short History of Literary Romania. From Early Twentieth Century to the PostCommunist Age - Joyce's Critical Reception in Romania - Hos(ti)pitality in Translation: Joyce into Romanian - From Translation to Re-Creation.
This study makes Romania's largely unknown Joycean heritage visible to an international readership. Reviewing Joyce's critical reception and translations, as well as the writer's influence on Romanian prose, it brings Derrida's notion of «hostipitality» to comparative literary and translation studies in order to theorize the impact of politics and ideology on fiction. After an original survey of the links between Romanian modernism/postmodernism and Western literature, it focuses on alternate trends of hostility and hospitality towards Joyce, especially his techniques and style. It examines how translations dealt with themes prone to communist censorship (politics, sexuality, religion, food), before discussing Joyce's impact on Romanian writers such as Eliade, Biberi, Balaita and Otoiu.