Alexandru Matei


Associate Professor of Applied Modern Languages, Centre Francophone d’Excellence en Science Humaines, Lumina–The University of South-East Europe,University of Bucharest

Paul Celan Visiting Fellow
(January – March 2016)


Roland Barthes: Le Neutre. Cours au Collège de France, 1977-1978 (French > Romanian)

Translating Barthes’ Le Neutre into Romanian attempts to re-introduce Barthes to a Romanian readership used to identifying Barthes as a dry structuralist theorist or a dilettante essayist. Le Neutre is the name of an affect (an “affective” ideal) the later Barthes tried to define, and in this book he attempts to describe the circumstances permitting its experience. Le Neutre is a book of an agnostic leftist’s “spiritual exercises”.