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Marius Jucan at His 60th Anniversary

Posted in Activitati 2010 de sciri pe Iunie 26, 2010
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Marius Jucan, the Academic

by Ramona Hosu

Member of the Writers’ Union of Romania, Professor Marius Jucan, PhD, is the Head of Department of American Studies at the Faculty of European Studies, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca and the Vice Dean of the same faculty. He is one of the most remarkable Romanian Americanists, at present a member of the national committee of The Romanian Association for American Studies. He is the founder of the interdisciplinary master degree in American Studies established in 1997 at Babeş-Bolyai University, an M.A. Program that has enjoyed the support of many personalities of the academic environment. The program benefited from successful partnerships with the Fulbright Commission and the Romanian and American Studies Association, with Michigan State University, Plymouth State University, as well as with the American Studies Seminar in Salzburg, along with those established by European Studies.

Professor Jucan has benefited from ten sessions of specialization in British cultural studies, liberal arts, American studies, studies of the USA, and European studies at famous institutions and universities in Europe and the USA: Michigan State University, Arizona State University, Durham University, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Westfaelische Wilhelms Universitaet, Bard College- New York, University of Delaware, Warwick University and Matlock College.

He is the author of five books: Un locuitor al oglinzii (An Inhabitant of the Mirror), prose, 1994; Fascinaţia ficţiunii sau despre retorica elipsei (On the Fascination of Fiction and the Rhetoric of Ellipsis), 1998; The Complex Innocence: A Phenomenological – Hermeneutical Approach to Henry James’s Tales, 2001; Singuratatea salvată: o încercare asupra operei lui Henry David Thoreau din perspectiva modernităţii americane (The Salvaged Loneliness. An Essay on the Work of H.D. Thoreau and the Specificity of American Modernity), 2001; Măştile libertăţii. America în scrisorile lui Thomas Jefferson, (The Masks of Liberty. America in Thomas  Jefferson’s Letters), 2007, republished in 2008.
He is the translator of Zbiegniew Brzezinski’s book, Marele eşec. Naşterea şi moartea comunismului în secolul XX, Dacia Publishing House, Cluj-Napoca, 1993, and one of the translators of the book Filosofia americana, Volumul I, Filosofia americană clasică, published by All Publishing House in 2000.

Professor Jucan has written numerous articles, studies and essays that cover a wide range of professional interests that can be grouped in four major themes: the study of America, American mentalities, American culture and civilization, American literature; the study of modernity and its cultural genesis; the cultural premises of  international relations; the study of Euro-Atlantic modernism and postmodernism.
He is the co-author of books like Cercetarea imaginarului. Dezbaterile Phantasma edited by Corin Braga, 2007; Philosophy of Pragmatism, 2007 (“Walden and the Quest For Pragmatic Transcendence”); Spriritualitate şi cultură europeană, 2007 (“Susan Sontag si defamiliarizarea suferintei”); Globalism, Globality, Globalization, 2006 (“Images of Transition: On Narrating Opposing Stories”); Actualitatea mesajului fondatorilor Uniunii Europene, 2006 (“Intelectualii Europei interbelice si mitul fondator al unitatii europene”); New Worlds/Spaces of Transition edited by Rodica Mihăilă, 2007 (“Questioning Today’s Perspectives on American Exceptionalism”); Tzara noastră. Stereotipii şi prejudecăţi edited by Ruxandra Cesereanu et.al. 2006; America in/from Romania. Essays in Cultural Dialogue, 2003 (“Hypostases of the Impact of American Studies”).

A special journalistic activity has been performed by Professor Marius Jucan as a member of the Advisory Board of the Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies in which he has published ten texts, articles and reviews: “Cultural Pattern and Secularization”, “Secularization/ De-secularization”, “Features of the Romanian Cultural Transition. Notes Concerning the Reconstruction of the Civil Society and the Existence of an Identity Cultural Model”, “The Faces of Tolerance” – a review of Mihaela Frunză’s book, “The Love Twilight” – a review of Aurel Codoban’s book, “Farces at the Orient’s Gates”- a review of Andrei Pleşu’s book etc.

A fruitful collaboration of Professor Jucan with numerous Romanian reviews, cultural magazines and newspapers resulted in an impressive collection of articles published in Steaua – Cluj-Napoca, Caietele Echinox – Cluj-Napoca, Studia Universitatis Babeş-Bolyai. Studia Europaea (member of the editorial board), Transylvanian Review, Studia Universitatis Babeş-Bolyai. Ephemerides, Studia Universitatis Babeş-Bolyai. Philologia, Studia Universitatis Babeş-Bolyai. Theologia Ortodoxa, Tribuna – Cluj-Napoca (member of the editorial board), A(l)titudini – Bucureşti, Observator Cultural – Bucureşti, Piaţa Literară – Cluj-Napoca.

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SCIRI recommends you the following texts that are on-line available:

Jucan, Marius. „Daniel Barbu, Politics for Barbarians”, Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies, Vol. 5, no. 13, Spring 2006

Jucan, Marius. „Cultural Pluralism and the Issue of American Identity in Randolph Bourne’s “Trans-National America”, Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies, Vol. 9, no. 26 (Summer 2010) 203-219

Jucan, Marius. „Iubirea în amurg”. Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies, No 8 (Summer 2004)

Jucan, Marius. “Matei Călinescu. Five Faces of Modernity. Modernism, Avant-Guard, Decadence, Kitsch, Postmodernism”. Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies, No 13 (Spring 2006)

Jucan, Marius. „Features of the Romanian Cultural Transition. Notes Concerning the Reconstruction of the Civil Society and the Existence of an Identity Cultural Model”. Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies, No.9 Winter 2004

Ghiman, Lorin. „Singuratatea salvata. O încercare asupra operei lui Henry David Thoreau din perspectiva modernitatii americane”. Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies. Nr. 4 (Spring 2003)

Mişcoiu, Sergiu. „Marius Jucan. Măştile libertăţii. America în scrisorile lui Thomas Jefferson”. Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies, no. 19 (Spring 2008)

Hosu, Ramona. „The Masks of the Scholar”, Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies, Vol. 9, no. 26 (Summer 2010), 189-202.

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