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Carmen Sylva (Queen Elisabeth of Romania): A Trans-National Writer

Authors
  • Mudure, Mihaela
Type
Published Article
Journal
Gender Studies
Publisher
Sciendo
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2023
Volume
22
Issue
1
Pages
144–167
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2478/genst-2023-0039
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

Elisabeth of Neuwied (1843-1916) was the first Queen of Romania and the wife of Charles I Hollenzolern-Sigmaringen. As a writer she is known under the name of Carmen Sylva. The Queen was a very active and gifted personality but one of her main interests was literature. This article focuses on Carmen Sylva’s literary position as a writer who rejected narrow nationalism although her public position obliged her to impersonate Romanian values while integrating them into an Occident all too eager to spread all over the place. Carmen Sylva is an interesting case of a European trans-national literary identity.

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