‖Sight‖ – ‖Vision‖ Binomial or the ―Poetic Dwelling‖ of the World: (Pre)Modern Perspectives in Ioana Em. Petrescu‘s Study "Eminescu and the Mutations of the Romanian Poetry"
The present study attempts to offer ‗a cartography‘ of the internal ‗morphology‘ of the ‖sight‖ – ‖vision‖ dialectics proposed by Ioana Em. Petrescu in her work, Eminescu and the Mutations of the Romanian Poetry. This internal ‗morphology‘ is analysed from double perspective: from the perspective of the history of the literary ideas and from the point of view of the history of the pre-modern science. We believe that Ioana Em. Petrescu‘s work found its theoretical and conceptual sources primarily in the (pre)modern philosophy theorized by Aristotle, Plato and Tomas Aquinas whose studies were highly read by the Romanian critic. In other words, it is our endeavor to demonstrate the existence of a semantically ontological superposition between the pre-modern text and that of the Romanian critic. Our premise is that the "sight – vision” axis presented in Ioana Em. Petrescu‘s volume underlies in the explanation provided by Aristotle gave to the sense of sight (‗cognition through intellect‘, and noũs – ‗the Eye of the Soul‘). We therefore believe that even if they belong to two different scientific paradigms, the texts of the two authors generate a dialogue between them. Undoubtedly, Ioana Em. Petrescu‘s ―theory of sight‖ initially communicated in an osmotic manner with pre-modern texts; afterwards, the Romanian critic turns her attention to modern concepts of scientificity with a view to sustaining her convictions in the field of literary poetics.
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