Carmen-Veronica BORBÉLYPen-name: Carmen Bujdei
|Educational background||B.A. in English, Babes-Bolyai University (1993)
M.A. in British Cultural Studies, Babes-Bolyai University (1995)
|Present position||PhD student
|Employer||Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj;|
|Research interests||Postcolonial theory and literature. Regional studies. Ethnicity. Literary criticism.
Additional professional interests: Gothic literature, ESP
|Current research||Ph. D. (work in progress) on Monsters in English literature|
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|Case study for the summer course||
ETHNIC UTOPIA AND REGIONALISM IN POST-COMMUNIST TRANSYLVANIA
The project intends to summarize the various aspects of regional ideologies developed in post-communist Transylvania, Romania, focusing on three major trends of redefining Transylvania’s social and political identity after the December 1989 revolution: a. the so-called Mitteleuropa identity, shaped by the cultural program of the “Third Europe” (A Treia Europa) research group of Timisoara; b. the radical regional, anti-Bucharest identity, defined by Sabin Gherman’s “Pro Transylvania” Association in Cluj-Napoca (1998); and c. the mild federalist identity, shaped later (2000-2001) by a group of well-known Romanian and Hungarian intellectuals, channeling their ideals through the Provincia political journal (also located in Cluj-Napoca). The project will also show how these complementary identity issues meet the ethnic utopian ideal of total separation from Bucharest, voiced from time to time by various radical Transylvanian Hungarian intellectuals, as a strategy of distancing themselves from the official daily pragmatism and political battle of the Hungarians’ Democratic Union in Romania (UDMR). The project will also undertake an analysis of the counterpart of these self-defining tendencies, namely the reprimanding political echoes of these regional identities, voiced both by Parliament or the Government and the mass media....
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|Plans for the future||To teach a course on Monstruosity and the Construction of Otherness in Transylvania, and Alternative Images of Identity in Postcommunist Transylvania.|
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