Caietele Sextil Pușcariu

Constantina Raveca Buleu


Born in Braşov and acting as a Romanian language university professor in Bukovina, the North- Eastern part of Romania which then belonged to the former Austro-Hungarian Empire and nowadays is part of Ukraine, the linguist and philologist Sextil Puşcariu joined the Italian front during the WWI as a maintenance officer, came back home in order to become one of the protagonists of  the unification of Bukovina with Romania, and left voluntarily politics in order to act as the first Rector of the newly founded Romanian University in Cluj, and as the major initiator of many long lasting scientific and institutional projects concerning linguistics and academic life, whose heritage is still visible nowadays. In other words, Sextil Puscariu’s life and work explicitly show the endeavors of someone whose personal, essentially bourgeois strivings were crisscrossed by the calls of high history, being mould by them. The paper analyzes the wide range of “role images” (to use Kenneth E. Boulding’s term) taken up by Puşcariu during his lifetime and career, as they are presented in a massive corpus of retrospective writings, published thirty years after his departure, in 1978. Three motifs go through the memoirs from their first page to the last one: the inadequacy of joining the military during WWI, counterbalanced by the idea of duty, national patriotism as well as the moral obligation to convert the chances offered by history into solid community projects and institutions.

Cuvinte-cheie: SextilPuşcariu, Primul Război Mondial, imaginea de rol, lingvistică, Universitatea din Cluj, memorii.
Keywords: Sextil Puşcariu, World War I, role image, linguistics, Cluj University, memoirs.

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