The destiny of my essay on post-literature

Gilles Deleuze

There are already ten years since I wrote my best and most successful essay, From Comparative Cultural Studies to Post-literary Study. Gilles Deleuze and Central-European Thought. Post-literature.

In 2002 I needed 8 months to read all the necessary bibliography and to discover a personal vision on this subject. The idea came after I studied, almost in the same period, the works of two major contemporary philosophers: the US-American Michael Heim, known as the best theorist of virtual reality, and the French Gilles Deleuze. But the catalyst to write the work was an invitation sent by Steven Totosy de Zepetnek, professor of comparative literature at Purdue University (USA) and professor of media and communication studies at the University of Halle-Wittenberg (Germany) to attend seminars he organized on “Comparative Cultural Studies” at the international conference The Contemporaneousness of the Non-Contemporaneous, Research Institute for Austrian and International Literature and Cultural Studies in December 2002.

The essay was found very interesting not only by Steven Totosy de Zepetnek, but also by other participants fellows belonging to the international Academic world and was published in February 2003 by the prestigious magazine TRANS, in Vienna,

After some years, the essay became a major source not only for Deleuze’s amazing destiny on the contemporary cultural scene, but especially for the visual artists and thinkers interested by my concept, post-literature, and its influence on the new trends in arts and culture. For example, Anna Powell, the author of an exceptional book,”Deleuze, Altered States and Film”, Edinburgh University Press, 2007, mentioned my essay in her bibliography. A well known French thinker, Richard Millet, published in 2010, at Gallimard,Paris the book ”L’ enfer du roman. Réflexions sur la postlittérature”.

Soon it was also published by other online sources dedicated to actual philosophy and arts, like the blog of the Faculty of Philosophy from Greenwich University, Great Britain, by Saatchi Gallery, or by the Romanian literary magazine, VATRA.

I remember that among the enthusiasts of my writing was a major American philosopher, Richard Rorty, who wrote me, and a very young and gifted American visual artist of Chinese origins, Lily Yang, who told me that as a student, at the University of Massachussets, Boston, her teachers included my essay on the general bibliography. After some years, Lily Yang and Honglei Li, made a successful art team, Lily&Honglei, who used my theory on post-literature as a source for impressive and original art shows, like Land of Illusion.

Constantin Severin at Austria Center, December 2002

Among the writers and scholars who used my essay on post-literature as a reference source are also two young researchers from the Philology Institute of the Academy of the Science Academy of Republic of Moldavia, Viorica Ela Caraman and Elena Ungureanu, who cited my essays in their books.

Click to access 19_Caraman.pdf

or the well-known Romanian writer and teacher Felix Nicolau,

or the famous American writer, Madison Morrison,

There are another proofs that my essay became an important reference source on Gilles Deleuze’s work, like these:

”In literary and visual expression, but perhaps most notably in his clear-sighted theory of our present condition, Constantin Severin is breaking new ground. The concept of “Post-Literature” (which he has articulated in an article accessible at reveals him as one of the most original of contemporary thinkers concerning the nature of creative activity and
the self-transformation that it is currently undergoing.

One would be missing something important not to know of what Severin (situated of all places in Suceava, Romania) is up to.Take a look at the article, then search the web for his reductively symbolic paintings, which are on the verge of forging a new post-modern vocabulary from modernist precedent and nativist tradition.
As western Europe declines, esthetically, morally, politically, something apparently is happening in Eastern Europe, and Severin is a part of it.”
(Madison MORRISON)

”Listening on the radio to the fascinating commentaries by Andrei Codrescu on National Public Radio, the American listener must wonder: “Where does such a voice come from, this ironic, oddly humorous, witty, supple, and perceptive voice? What view of the world lurks behind this freshly poetic way of thinking?” The question has now been answered definitively. The answer is in Constantin Severin’s essay “The Post-Literary Era, Leonardo’s Paradigm.”

(Michael HEIM)

In 2016, I received a nice message from Hans Ulrich Obrist, the founder and artistic director of one of the most important art galleries in the world, Serpentine Galleries, London:

From: 89plus <>
To: Constantin Severin <>
Sent: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 4:57 AM
Subject: Re: post-literature, the art of the future

Dear Constantin,

Many thanks for getting in touch and for your interest in 89plus.

89plus is a very open-ended research project, and we are constantly learning new things and making unexpected and fascinating connections. We are very grateful for that, so thank you for sending your essay.

Very best,
Hans Ulrich, Simon and Katherine

89plus | |


A version of my essay, more extensive, can be found on Amazon:

and the final version was published in October 2016 by ”Human and Social Studies”,
the Journal of “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University from Iasi, Romania:


About Constantin Severin

Constantin Severin ( is a Romanian writer and, as a visual artist, the founder and promoter of the award-winning concept known as archetypal expressionism. He is the author of eight books of poetry, essays, and novels, and his poems have been published by major Romanian and international literary magazines. He is one of the editors of the French cultural magazine Levure littéraire.
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4 Responses to The destiny of my essay on post-literature

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