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Literary imagology: schools, directions, methods

Author: Elisaveta Iovu
Degree:doctor of philology
Speciality: 10.01.08 - Literature Theory
Scientific adviser: Aliona Grati
doctor habilitat, associate professor (docent), Moldova State University


The thesis was presented on the 21 October, 2020
Approved by NCAA on the 26 February, 2021


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CZU 82.0(043.3)

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204 pages


imagology, comparative literature, imagologist, imagotype, ethnotype, sociotype, stereotype, image, ethno-image, xenophilia, xenophobia, utopia, ideology, mania, filia, phobia, interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity, method principle, theory principle, comparative principle


Thesis structure: introduction, three chapters, general conclusions and recommendations, glossary, bibliography from 189 sources, 3 annexis, 176 pages of basic text, declaration of assumption of responsibility, author's CV.

The results of the thesis are reflected in 19 scientific papers.

Field of study: Theory of literature

The aim of the paper is to create a synthesis of the studies performed in the field of literary imagology and to propose a theoretical-practical, methodological, terminological support for the research on the literary text from the perspective of this new discipline in the Romanian space.

The research objectives are summarized as follows:

The scientific novelty and the original innovation consists in performing, for the first time in the Romanian space, a synthesis of the main schools and studies of literary imagology carried out in Europe and the USA; proposing an algorithm for interpreting the imagological literary texts containing the Other/ Stranger character and applying it on a corpus of texts from Mircea Eliade's creation; the creation of a theoretical environment propitious to this perspective of interpretation in the Republic of Moldova open to inter- and transdisciplinarity interests, cumulating the methodology of several fields of research, such as literary, historical, social, ethnopsychological, etc.; the promotion and preparation of new research fields required on the international market.

The scientific problem solved lies in creating an overview of the imagology in general and of the literary imagology in particular, which will serve as a source of guidance for research interested in this perspective, the use of its theoretical and methodological tools and will facilitate the emergence of new studies in academic environment of the Republic of Moldova.

The theoretical and applicative importance of the thesis consists in defining the main operational concepts and tools for analyzing literary texts from the perspective of literary imagology. The study proposes a systematic analysis of the studies in the field of literary imagology performed on a global level and constitutes a theoretical and methodological support for literary researchers in history, criticism and literature theory.

Implementation of scientific results. The results of the thesis were applied within the project: Operational Concepts and Literary Text Analysis Tools and Culture of promoting the image of cities in the Republic of Moldova through art and mythopoetics. The basic ideas of this study were reflected in eighteen articles published in specialized journals in the Republic of Moldova and Romania and nineteen papers at national and international conferences.