1st Edition

Female Playwrights and Applied Intersectionality in Romanian Theater

By Cătălina Florina Florescu Copyright 2024
    148 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In this collection, the author focuses on several contemporary Romanian female playwrights with residencies in Europe and the U.S.: Alexandra Badea, Carmen-Francesca Banciu, Alexa Băcanu, Ana Sorina Corneanu, Mihaela Drăgan, Dr. Cătălina Florina Florescu, Dr. Mihaela Michailov, Dr. Domnica Rădulescu, Saviana Stănescu, and Dr. Elise Wilk.

    In their bold works, written by female playwrights who are academics, activists, and performers, we are invited to discover variations in the modus operandi of the dramatic language itself from metaphorical to matter-of-fact approaches. Furthermore, while all these playwrights speak Romanian, they also think and operate in various other languages, such as Romani, German, French, Italian, and American English.

    This book facilitates scholars and students to discover contemporary issues related to Romanian society as presented heavily from a feminine angle and to reveal intersectional issues as seen and applied to dramatic characters in a post-communist country from some authors who experienced communism firsthand. The book is also an invitation to reinvent how we teach dramatic literature by offering 20 interactive, exploratory activities.


    A Note Before Reading This Volume

    Chapter 1. Feminin (Feminine)

    Chapter 2. Pisica Lui Schrödinger (Schrödinger’s Cat)

    Chapter 3. Ein Land Voller Helden (A Land Full of Heroes)

    Chapter 4. Romacen: Vremea Vrăjitoarei (Romacene: The Age of the Witch)

    Chapter 5. Pulvérisés (The Pulverised)

    Chapter 6. Moss (Verde Crud)

    Chapter 7. Hai să vorbim despre viaţă! (Let’s Talk about Life!)

    Chapter 8. Familia Offline (Offline Family)

    Chapter 9. Exile Is My Home (Exilul este casa mea)

    Chapter 10. Aliens with Extraordinary Skills (Extratereştii cu puteri supraomeneşti)

    Post Scriptum


    About The Playwrights



    Cătălina Florina Florescu holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (Medical Humanities) from Purdue University. She teaches undergraduate courses in theater, literature, cinema, and writing at Pace University. She also teaches graduate seminars on communication to international students at Stevens Institute of Technology.

    ''Dr. Florescu’s focus on intersectionality in plays written by Romanian female playwrights is an admirable endeavor given both the scarcity of materials on Romanian cultural intersectionality and theater in general in the United States curricula. Not only are the ten plays included for discussion in this book a splendid sample of Romanian theater, but also the carefully structured analyses and activities, prefaced by photographs from performances, make this book a labor of love'' – Dr. Adriana Cordali author of Visual Rhetorics of Communist Romania: Life Under the Totalitarian Gaze

    ''Designed as multilingual and multidimensional, this volume presents a series of plays by female artists who are deeply connected to Romania, Dr. Cătălina Florina Florescu’s native country. Their engagement with intersectionality becomes evident not only when discussed by Florescu, but also when the playwrights are given a selfless chance to reflect on their own works. Shining a bright light on the urgent political issues and innovatory theatrical strategies at the heart of these contemporary productions will definitely stir interest and debate, proving the timeliness of the current project.'' – Dr. Ludmila Martanovschi, Secretary of the Society for Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas (MESEA)

    ''A compassionate and intimate exploration of female playwrights in Romanian theater presented to the global public through the lens of intersectionality as a tool for discernment of how the invisible power relations create inequality. Catalina Florescu masterfully uses her multifaceted roles as a woman, immigrant, mother, partner, author, and professor to examine the still vastly unexamined role female artists have in making intellectually stimulating art and leaving their beautifully diverse legacy on heteropatriarchy.'' – Mihaela Campion, Clinical licensed psychotherapist and ARCHER Founder (American Romanian Coalition of Human and Equal Rights)