Dacoromania litteraria is a multilingual journal of literary history dedicated to Romanian literary cultures, viewed in the context of the international circulation of ideas and forms and situated in a global economy of literary values. Dacoromania litteraria identifies itself not only through a selection of specific themes, but mostly by its perspective on the literary history objects and by considering national literature as a complex structure of institutions and communication, a structure than involves other literary cultures either in a parallel, intersecting or analogous manner. It is our belief that a national literature defines itself in parallel with other literatures from the same space, in connection to neighbouring literatures, by structural analogy with other peripheral literatures, through its dependence to the great literary centres, etc. Each journal issue will discuss a specific theme and will promote a comparative approach to literary facts, encouraging their contextualizing in a (global or regional) cultural system which is described by the circulation of forms, ideas, and programmes. Because the greatest part of its articles are published in English and French, Dacoromania litteraria aims to reach the international scientific community in its field; that is why local conceptualizations will be carefully ‘translated’ in order to make them legible to a greater audience, thus contributing to the establishment of a common terminology and of a series of shared categories, for a more appropriate description of national literary cultures.
The first series of Dacoromania was founded by Sextil Puşcariu, at Cluj, in 1920, immediately after the war, in the context of a Romanian country that, although enlarged, was still insufficiently harmonized in order to represent the philological culture of the new national community. From its very beginnning, the journal was oriented towards both sciences of languages and the domain of literary studies, thus founding a double local tradition of linguistics and literary history. Dacoromania inspired the first regional specialized journal, Studii literare / Literary Studies (1942-1948), founded by Dumitru Popovici, as well as Studiile de istorie literară şi folclor / Studies of Literary History and Folklore (1964), published under the direction of Iosif Pervain. The first series of Dacoromania ceased its publication in 1948, once the Romanian political regime changed. A journal with the same title (Dacoromania. Jahrbuch für östliche Latinität) appeared in Germany, at Freiburg i. Br, between 1973 and 1991. Within the Institute of Linguistics and Literary History from Cluj, Dacoromania was resumed as linguistics series only in 1994.