As a metaphor, the kaleidoscope stands for different modes of being that arise from the same set of particles. It is a frequently used (if not to say: slightly worn) image in journalism and scientific publications. In this volume, it serves as a bracket for the study of Romanian society in its various transdisciplinary facets, from regional, historical, landscape, ethnic, linguistic, and religious perspectives. However, the texts presented here are far more original than the title and will hopefully find a wide readership.

The thematic range of the volume extends temporally from the mid-nineteenth century to the present and disciplinarily across the breadth of cultural and literary studies. A thematic focus can be discerned in the majority of the contributions in the aftermath of Socialist politics and economics up to the present and the literary examination of this.

The publication was prompted by the thematically broad workshop “Romania in Focus,”...

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