Birth of Academician Zoe Domitrescu-Buolinga, a nun as Mother Benedicta by Father Justin Parvo (August 20)



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Academic, university professor, critic and literary historian, Zoe Domitrescu-Polenga was born on August 20, 1920 in Bucharest. He graduated from high school at the Central School of the capital, then studied music at the Conservatory “Pro-Arte” and legal and linguistic studies at the Faculties of Law and Letters (English-German Studies, Art History) in Bucharest, specializing in comparative literature, according to the dictionary “Members of the Romanian Academy ‘, quoted by Agerpres.

In 1970, he defended his doctoral dissertation in law “The Evolution of the Concept of Sovereignty”, as well as his doctoral dissertation in philology “Renaissance – Humanism – Dialogue of the Arts”. Until 1982, he worked alternately as an assistant (1948), lecturer, lecturer and professor (from 1971), and from 1975 – head of the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Bucharest. At the same time, until 1957, he was an editor at the Literary Publishing House. He was also a researcher at the “Georges Kalinscu” Institute of History and Literary Theory in Bucharest, and in the period 1973-1994 he was in charge of this institute.

Zoe Dumitrescu-Bușulenga was a member of the Academy of Social and Political Sciences (Vice-President, from 1970), of the Romanian National Committee of Comparative Literature (Chairman, 1975), of the Executive Office of the International Association of Comparative Literature (1973 -1979), the European Union Academy of Sciences and Arts in Paris (1990), “European Academy” in London (1993), Executive Committee of the International Comparative Literature Association (1973-1979). He served as Director of the Academia Romania in Rome from 1991-1997.

The author of many volumes of literary history, comparative literature, cultural history, synthesis, memoirs, introductions or subsequent words to the works of great Roman and foreign writers, but also the famous archaeologist Zoe Domitrescu-Polenga created an impressive work, of which we mention: “Contemporanul si vremea sa” (1959), “Shakespearean influences in the Delavrancea Dramatic Trilogy” (1962), “Ion Creangă” (1963), “Eminescu” (1963), “Renaissance: Humanism and Dialogue from the Arts” (1971), “Anthology of Romanian Poetry ”(1974),“ Eminescu. Culture and Creativity ”(1976),“ Journeys through Culture ”(1982),“ Eminescu and German Romance ”(1986; 1999),“ Eminescu.Life, Opera, Culture ”(1989) Microscopic imaging “tefan Luchian” (1993). In addition, she has created, alone or in collaboration, the following works: “Music and Literature” (I-II, 1986, 1987, 1994), “Romanian Writers”, “Eminescu and Music” (1989), but also more than 200 published studies In reputable magazines from home and abroad. He was the director of the magazines “Synthesis” and “Magazine of Literary History and Theory” and collaborated in the magazines “Secolul 20”, “Romania Litară” and “Manuscriptum”.

Over time, she has received many awards, including: the Writers’ Union Special Prize (1986, 1989), the Herder Prize (1988), the Adelaide Ristorti Prize for Cultural Activity in Italy (1993, Rome); – International “Pleiade” Prize for Cooperation between Peoples (1994, Rome). She was also awarded the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic with the rank of Commander (1978), the Bulgarian Order of “St. Cyril and Methodius” (1977), the National Order of “For Merit” (2003).

On March 1, 1974, he became a corresponding member of the Romanian Academy, then as of January 22, 1990, a full member, and between February 2, 1990 and February 18, 1994, he was Vice-President of this prestigious institution.

She retired after 1989 at Voratek Abbey in Neamt County, and in 2005 was ordained a monk by Father Justin Parvo, and became Mother Benedict. A year later, on May 5, 2006, she died in the Vratik monastery and was buried according to her will in the Putna monastery.

The writings of the Academy Zoe Dumitrescu-Bușulenga belong to that category of works that do not fall into oblivion over time, but revive their usefulness to new generations, who need to discover the depths of these works.

Every year Putna Monastery organizes a symposium on the operas of Mother Benedict and Mihai Imenscu, whom he loved very much.

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