Daniela Rodica Firanescu (Draft Profile)
MetadataShow full item record
Daniela Rodica Firanescu, PhD (Bucharest University)
I started learning Arabic by pure intellectual curiosity when I was 18. My dream at that time was to study Japanese, but courses for beginners in this language were not offered in that academic year I began my studies at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Bucharest University, Romania. Learning Arabic seemed to be as big a challenge for a non-native speaker – even if it was not quite a dream – and, gradually, acquiring a difficult language, discovering a fascinating cultural area, the charming pre-Islamic poetry, then modern literature, medieval philosophy, the rich and advanced linguistic thinking, all this converted curiosity into effective interest and passion.
My education is mainly linguistic; I have an undergraduate degree in Arabic (Major) and French (Minor) and a Ph.D. in Arabic linguistics (Bucharest University); specialization in Arabic grammar and rhetoric (Cairo University, Egypt), a doctoral documentation fellowship (the Jordanian University in Amman, Jordan) a postdoctoral research fellowship granted by Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (France: Paris and Aix-en-Provence). However, my interest in Arabic literature has been constant and delightfully complementary: I translated into Romanian and published Arabic poetry and prose, and my doctorate thesis applies linguistic analysis (such as speech acts theories) of the exclamatory sentences to literary texts of two famous Arab writers: the Lebanese-American, Jubran Khalil Jubran, and the Egyptian, Naguib Mahfouz.