Finnish Literature Meets Romanian Literature in Hungarian. The case of the La Fontaine Literary Society

Ildikó P. Varga
Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, E-mail: ildikovus(at)

In this study, I examine how Finnish literature meets Romanian literature in the activities of a literary society based in Hungary, the La Fontaine Society. Using André Lefevere’s concepts (literary system, rewriting, patronage, institutions, poetics, ideology, manipulation), I am looking for the answer to what motivated the selection of works for translation and publication.
My aim is to show and point out the factors that facilitate the meeting of two peripheral or small literatures, literary systems in a third language, which can also be considered peripheral and small – through translations.

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