Magda Carneci

  • Bucharest
  • Romania
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Magda Carneci is a poet, essayist and translator born in Romania. She took a Ph.D. in art history at EHESS in Paris (1997) and received several international grants in literature and art history (Fulbrigt, Soros, Getty, European Community, a.o). Member of the well-known "generation of the 80s" in Romanian literature, of which she was one of the theoriticians. After the December Revolution of 1989 she became actively involved in the political and cultural Romanian scene of the 1990s. After working as a visiting lecturer at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO) in Paris, she is at present the director of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Paris. Carneci published several volumes of poetry in Romanian, some of which have been translated into English, French, and Dutch. She also published several books of essays on modern and contemporary art, among which Art of the 1980s in Eastern Europe. Texts on Postmodernisme (in English, Bucharest : Paralela 45, 1999). She was also the co-editor of the book Perspectives roumaines. Du postmodernisme á l'intégration européenne (Romanian Perspectives. From Postcommunism to European Integration. Paris : L'Harmattan, 2004). Her Ph.D. thesis was published under the title Art et pouvoir en Roumanie 1945-1989 (Art and Power in Romania 1945-1989. Paris: L'Harmattan, 2007). As member of the European Cultural Parliament and other international associations, she is often invited to international symposiums and debates about Central Europe and European culture. Recent references: * Robert Murray Davis, The Literature of Post-Communist Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. A Study, McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers, 2008, Jefferson, North Carolina, and London, pp.155-156. * Rob Pope: Creativity: History, Theory, Practice, London: Routledge, 2005; pp.231, 269-70. * Fiona Sampson, "For the deaf war they're waging: Contemporary Romanian and Bessarabian Poetry", Poetry Review, vol.93, no.3, Autumn 2003, pp.51-59 : "This generation's undoubted leader is now the art historian Magda Carneci, who works in Paris and whose latest work is strongly influenced by French philosophy." * Robert Murray Davis, "Romanian Writing Redivivus"; World Literature Today, spring 2002, pp.76-83.