This short video collage presentation on a great national author Mihai Eminescu was the one of the final examination works for Dr Cristina Bejan's course on Romanian Cultural Greats in the 20th Century. This final product represented the culmination of a semester-long course exploring different literary and stage artists that were somehow died to the Romanian cultural community. Since different individuals imagined themselves differently, as a member of a [Romanian] cultural community, the us-them discourse varied greatly and depended on the historical bodies that framed a perspective (schemata) to understand one's social environment and one's relation to other material objects and beings.
Mihai Eminescu was a very exceptional case, when grouped together with the other studied cultural figures that represented All-Romanian nation. Eminescu was not 20th century nor did he live during the times of unified Romanian state. Nevertheless, a status of a national, cultural, and literary hero is attributed to him by Romanophones regardless of their citizenship status. Thus, he is almost a juxtaposition to a cultural great, as he was a transnational and trans-cultural great of the 19th century (leading into the 20th). The supplementary video collage is a symbolic representation of the re-fragmented/re-fragmentation of the so-called Romanian identity throughout the histories of different hegemonic empires.
This final presentation was conducted at the Embassy of Romania in Washington, D.C.
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