Delia Ungureanu

Dr. Delia Ungureanu is Assistant Director of Harvard’s Institute for World Literature and  assistant professor of literary theory in the Department of Literary Studies at the University of Bucharest. She is the author of From Paris to Tlön: Surrealism as World Literature (Bloomsbury, 2017), and of The Poetics of Apocalypse: The Cultural  War  in  Romanian  Literary Magazines (1944-1947) (Bucharest UP, 2012). She has published essays  on canon formation, modern poetry and poetics, Shakespeare, and Nabokov, and is coediting with Thomas Pavel Romanian Literature in Today's World, a special issue of the Journal of World Literature.


Respondent to Iulia Dondorici’s talk, Parmi toutes les nations, je choisis l'IMAGI-nation: Vers une théorie transnationale de l'avant-garde

  • Tuesday 16 January 2018, 17:00-20:00 – (place to be confirmed)


The Oracular Message of Reality: Surrealist Ideas in World Literature and Cinema

In an essay accompanying the first manifesto of Surrealism in 1924, "Introduction au discours sur le peu de la réalité" [Introduction to the Discourse on the Paucity of Reality], André Breton proposed a revolutionary understanding of reality as a version of realism enriched with the logic of dreams. In parallel with the surrealists, a series of writers including Marcel Proust, Franz Kafka, and Marguerite Yourcenar developed a similar understanding of reality through the logic of dreams and living objects that have been very influential on today's world fiction and cinema. This talk proposes a never explored hidden network of the global circulation of surrealist ideas in our contemporary world that goes from Breton’s Nadja through Yourcenar’s 1938 Oriental Stories and Dreams and Destinies to Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams and Andrei Tarkovsky’s Nostalghia.

  • Thursday 18 January 2017, 18:00-20:00 – INHA (Walter Benjamin room)


The Surreal Real: Proust, Woolf, and World Cinema

From the 1920s onward, surrealist ideas circulated on an international market from Paris to  New York, Prague, Tokyo, and beyond, and surrealism’s hidden legacy is to be found also in  world fiction and contemporary film. In this  article, I’ll  argue how Proust’s and Woolf’s  revolutionizing understanding of time representation and the psychological self are developed within a new version ofrealism that is very close to the surrealists’ and which I’ll call oneiric  realism. Contemporary productions of world cinema that uses the legacy of surrealism - Stephen Daldry’s  The Hours  and Raúl Ruíz’s  Le Temps retrouvé  take Proust’s and Woolf’s concept of time  and the psychological  re ;presentation of the self to a whole new level through  the use of  musical and cinematic devices.

  • Tuesday 23 January 2018, 14:00-15:30 - Institute of Advanced Studies of Paris


Archives Are Goldmines: The Secret Legacy of Surrealism

This talk tells the story of how I  came to make the archival  discoveries that are behind my  most recent book, From Paris to Tlön: Surrealism as World Literature
(Bloomsbury, 2017). I will be discussing the methodology and thechronology of my archival work, how I made the connections,and finally how Iput together the story of the global circulation of surrealist ideas through writers who always denied any debt to surrealism: Jorge Luis Borges, Vladimir Nabokov, and Orhan Pamuk.

  • Thursday 1 February 2018, 17:00-19:00 - EHESS (room 7) - 105 Bd Raspail 75 006 Paris