rss_2.0Romanian Journal of English Studies FeedSciendo RSS Feed for Romanian Journal of English Studies Journal of English Studies Feed Hoover’s Formulas for Best-Sellers as Seen in and<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>Using John G. Cawelti’s theory of formulas for understanding the relationship between a work and its culture, this article looks at two of Colleen Hoover’s novels, <italic>Reminders of Him</italic> and <italic>It Ends with Us</italic>, in order to comprehend Hoover’s appeal to the public.The popularity of romance novels formula indicates a high interest of the American public in the topic of romantic relationships, and it touches a sensitive nerve existent in American culture.</p> </abstract>ARTICLEtrue of Lexical and Grammatical Equivalence in Translation: A Didactic Approach<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>Even if translation competence is not restricted to the knowledge of the two languages in contact, it is obvious that the quality of a translated text depends to a great extent on the appropriate use of the target language lexical items and combinations of items as imposed by the communicative context, on the one hand, and on the correct application of the rules specific to the grammatical system of that language, on the other. Considering both theoretical and research evidence, the authors of this paper discuss the problems that advanced students in English encounter when trying to achieve lexical and grammatical equivalence in the case of various types of texts translated from English into Romanian.</p> </abstract>ARTICLEtrue of Cadiz Bay Port: Staff Training in English for Specific Purposes<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>The maritime sector is pivotal for the economic growth of coastal cities like Cádiz, Spain. In our globalised world, ports face high competitiveness, emphasising the growing need for English-proficient staff. This research focuses on the Port Authority of Cádiz Bay’s language-training programme, aiming to enhance employees’ English proficiency for job excellence. Through a qualitative study, the paper not only analyses the current programme but also proposes an alternative linguistic training approach. The ultimate objective is to equip port workers with language skills that contribute to providing excellent services to users, addressing the evolving demands of the maritime industry.</p> </abstract>ARTICLEtrue Classes of Victorian Society in Emily Brontë’s : Female Book Knowledge as Cultural Mediator<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>This study argues, through a series of close readings, that female book knowledge resists unified interpretation in Emily Brontë’s <italic>Wuthering Heights</italic> (1847), contradicting the widely-held Victorian assumption according to which discursive freedom is an exclusively male bastion of privilege. It instead concedes that self-instruction in the novel crosses cultural boundaries and perpetuates an ideological hegemony through the book as an agent of reconciliation. Book-knowledge in the novel is not the exclusive preserve of men, but a source of creativity for both ladies and ladies’ maids. Language and narrative technique, the study reveals, serve to unveil contrasts between servant and gentle folk, fashionable and popular manners, enforced and self-propelled reading.</p> </abstract>ARTICLEtrue and their Complementation in English and Romanian<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>Aspectualizers as verbs indicating phases in the development of events are typically divided into ingressive (denoting beginning), continuative (denoting continuation) and egressive (denoting ending). These verbs require specific complementation with the lexical verbs which are paired with the aspectualizers. Their analysis starts from the features of such complementation in English (subordinate non-finite infinitival and participial clauses) and compares them with the features of their Romanian translation equivalents. This corpus-based research (with the examples from modern British novels) focuses on the structural characteristics of the complementation in the two languages, lexical aspect of the verbs in the complementation (activities, states, accomplishments, achievements), as well as similarities and differences between the two languages in that respect.</p> </abstract>ARTICLEtrue Interracial Church and Racialised Memory<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>Racial integration, reconciliation, and interracial culture have presented difficulties within churches, often seen as intractable problems. Situated in racialised America, the churches have to counter the social/context, which members are born into and are thus prone to reproducing in their interracial encounters. Fostering a balanced ethical remembering can help conceive the self in terms of the other to negotiate mutually acceptable identities.</p> </abstract>ARTICLEtrue Review: Cenoz, Jasone And Gorter, Durk. 2021. Pedagogical Translanguaging. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press for the Neo-Colonial Informant in the<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>The paper analyses instances of mimicry as they appear in Danticat’s historiographic fiction, The Farming of Bones. More specifically, it will examine why and how some characters appear accomplices in the brutal Parsley Massacre provoked by the Trujillo regime. Besides its literary dimension, the analysis can be said to be relevant from a cultural and socio-historical perspective as well because it seeks to reveal the emergence of a process which will be called inner colonisation and a new version of the native informant, which will be referred to as the neo-colonial informant.</p> </abstract>ARTICLEtrue Online Teaching as a Challenge for Teachers and Students in Pre-University System<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>This paper discusses the need of research on online education in the Romanian context and presents a student survey on students’ opinion on teaching and learning using online activities. The results of the survey are the starting point of an extensive investigation of the effects of online education in the post- pandemic context. The case study I have in view will rely on a classroom quasi-experiment and on a self-reflective teacher diary study. The case study will be conducted in a prestigious secondary school in Romania.</p> </abstract>ARTICLEtrue Literature During WWII: T. H. White’s<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>T.H. White, an acclaimed author and one of the representatives of Fantasy and the Matter of Britain in the twentieth century, explores the topic of war in Arthurian society in the novel <italic>The Once and Future King</italic> (1958). In this article, I will demonstrate the central conundrum of this political allegory as the opposition of “Might versus Right” and Arthur’s endeavours toward solutions against violence and warfare. T. H. White and (by extension) Arthur are trying to find an “antidote to war” by exploring types of governing to pinpoint which one is the most pacifist, inspired by the horrors of the Second World War.</p> </abstract>ARTICLEtrue Subtitling Skills. On the Use of TED-ED Lessons as Audiovisual Translation Tools in Students’ Training<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>The paper details on the use of TED video-based material as a didactic tool in developing subtitling skills in university students. Focus is laid on the training of language specialists in audiovisual translation courses taught at G.E. Palade UMPhST of Targu Mures, with a triggered civic engagement by means of taking part in a community subtitling project while contributing to making “ideas worth spreading” accessible to viewership.</p> </abstract>ARTICLEtrue Global Perspective on Performance Poetry: Through the Web – From American Performance to Romanian Poetic Practices<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>American Performance poetry influenced the way in which the practice developed in other countries. Contemporary African, Japanese, and Arab poets started to write more and more for the stage. Eastern Europe seems to have been highly influenced by this practice. In this paper, I will try to investigate how American Performance poetry managed to influence the Romanian Spoken Word scene.</p> </abstract>ARTICLEtrue the Shadow of the Cuckoo Clock. The Subversive Realism of<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>With a view to exemplifying how film noir can effectively combine elements of expressionism and realism through a participatory viewing experience, this paper provides a discussion of <italic>The Third Man</italic> as a cinematic text that concomitantly reiterates traditional insular values in times of global conflict and strengthens the individuality of post-war British cinema against the pressures of the American film industry.</p> </abstract>ARTICLEtrue Meanings of Some Prepositions in English Expressions of Sadness<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>The paper studies the language of sadness in English on a corpus of conventional expressions and aims at investigating the choice of prepositions combined with a number of sadness terms (e.g. <italic>sad about his failure, unhappy at his misfortunate, depressed by the news, sorry for being late</italic>). The paper finds that the prepositional phrases name the causes triggering sadness and there are correlations between the prepositions <italic>about, at, by, for</italic> and <italic>over</italic> and the types of causes combined together, which can be explained the metaphorical meanings of the prepositions.</p> </abstract>ARTICLEtrue Past as Story and Palimpsest in Julian Barnes’s . Rewriting the Past as Fiction and Biography<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>Analysing Julian Barnes’s postmodernist novel, <italic>Flaubert’s Parrot</italic>, this essay shows that the past is exposed as a story and a palimpsest. We demonstrate that in Julian Barnes’s novel, the past is rewritten as a story with various truths about Flaubert’s identity and biography. The past is presented through a series of symbols, being a palimpsestic construct open to our analysis and understanding. The concepts of historical truth, the past, the present, the writer’s voice are approached in a postmodernist manner and are nothing but a palimpsest.</p> </abstract>ARTICLEtrue Orientalist Discourse of Nineteenth-Century Travel Guidebooks to India<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>The travel guidebooks emerged in the nineteenth century as a genre which apparently featured an objective source of information; yet, the guidebooks to India stemmed from the publishers’ own interpretation of the Orient, shaped by the Orientalist discourse of the time, as well as from their business interests, closely linked to the state apparatus. This paper will focus on the relation between tourism and the British Empire, and the role played by the early guidebooks in English, edited by John Murray and Thomas Cook, in the colonial endeavour to control all forms of indigenous knowledge.</p> </abstract>ARTICLEtrue of the United States of America in David Foster Wallace’s and<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>From a methodological standpoint, the following paper is based on a comparative analysis of two novels written by David Foster Wallace. With a specific perspective for each novel (the motivations of the character known as Rémy Marathe for the first novel, as well as §19 for the second one), the purpose of the paper is to highlight the main characteristics, flaws, and identity crises of the United States, as depicted by Wallace in both Infinite Jest and The Pale King.</p> </abstract>ARTICLEtrue -ING Adjectival Compounds Into Romanian – A Case of Explicitation<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>While compounding is highly productive in English, typically joining two words in a tight-knit semantic and syntactic unit, it is a minor derivational process in Romanian, which favours affixation instead. In light of this typological difference between the two languages, the present paper investigates the translation of English -ing adjectival compounds into Romanian in order to shed light on the strategies translators employ to compensate for the general absence of compounding in the latter language. It is shown that different translation strategies produce a number of regular patterns which lean towards explicitation, though implicitation is not excluded (Blum-Kulka 1986, Klaudy 2003, 2009, Klaudy &amp; Károly 2005 etc.).</p> </abstract>ARTICLEtrue Review: Teofil Răchiţeanu. . English version and translator’s note by Mihaela Mudure. Cluj-Napoca: Napoca Star, 2023, 80p. ISBN 978-606-062-596-4. City Between Genre and Authorship in<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>In this paper, I analyse the construction of the city as an ideological space in All’s Well that Ends Well which, I argue, generates the play’s genre ambiguity. Drawing on recent scholarly work that has identified Thomas Middleton as co-author of the play, I investigate how the interplay between Middleton and Shakespeare’s artistic temperaments concretizes in the mental space of the city, which infuses the entire play. In my research, I propose a further attribution to Middleton and show that Middleton’s contribution leads to the formation of an imbalanced landscape, situated between crisis and change, between comedy and tragedy.</p> </abstract>ARTICLEtrue