Modernism in Romania

    Professor Emeritus Tom Cousineau spent the month of May in Romania teaching classes at Lucian Blaga University in Sibiu and giving public lectures related to his current book-in-progress, “To Double-Business Bound: The Symmetrical Imperative of Writing.”

    The day before leaving Sibiu to return to the states, he received from Editura ULBS a boxful of author’s copies of his latest book, “The Séance of Reading: Uncanny Designs in Modernist Writing.”  Inspired by Mircea Eliade's interpretation of the Romanian ballad "Legenda Mesterului Manole," it gathers together guest-lectures he presented at various Romanian universities that explore the disguised return of archaic building-rituals in selected monuments of modernist writing, including “The Great Gatsby,” "The Sisters," “The Book of Disquiet,” “Waiting for Godot,” "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," “Endgame,” “A Short History of Decay,” "A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” and “Light in August.” WC alumni wishing to receive a pdf version of this book is invited to contact him at [email protected].

    Tom Cousineau