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CARAGIALE’S CRITICAL AND IRONICAL PUBLISHING DISCOURSE: “1907-FROM SPRING TO AUTUMN”

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Author(s): Oana Andreea Contoman

Journal: Language and Literature : European Landmarks of Identity
ISSN 1843-1577

Volume: 8;
Issue: 2011;
Start page: 190;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: ironic | oligarchy | peasant uprisings

ABSTRACT
A skilled practitioner of irony, which he uses to criticize the habits and deeds of his fellow citizens, Ion Luca Caragiale writes the article “1907 – from Spring to Autumn”, a comprehensive study on the causes of peasant revolts. The critical comments are so violent and full of cruel irony that they cause an equally strong critique, especially for the fact that the writer refers to the era’s political parties and their governance practices and also the difference between appearance and essence in the functioning of state institutions. This paper will show the way Caragiale demonstrates, from the self-imposed exile, by means of critical discourse and satire, that the Romania of his time is under political domination of a ruthless oligarchy, insensitive to the social and economic realities, especially the serious situation the peasants struggle in.
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