Search Results

You are looking at 1 - 10 of 11 items for

  • Author: Andreea Şerban x
Clear All Modify Search
Open access

Andreea Şerban

Abstract

Power is seductive, and fantasies of power affect both men and women, who are sometimes willing to do anything in order to achieve or retain it. The paper looks at how such a modern transmediation as manga renders powerful femininity in two of Shakespeare’s great tragedies, namely Hamlet and Macbeth. The paper aims to discuss the ways in which the emotive behaviour of both female protagonists eventually makes them inappropriate for the power roles they assume as wives, queens and mothers.

Open access

Andreea Şerban

Abstract

Designed to familiarize the younger audience with the Bard’s work, while at the same time catering to their tastes and interests, not only have Shakespearean adaptations moved the original plots to unusual milieus and exotic cultures, but have also ‘translated’ them to new media. This paper analyzes the portrayal of sexuality in two transmediations of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The paper compares and contrasts two manga versions of the play (a British and a Japanese one), aiming to highlight the ways in which the “star crossed lovers’” relationship has been adapted and appropriated by the two cultures in the twentyfirst century.

Open access

Andreea Şerban

Abstract

This paper aims to revisit three adaptations of Red Riding Hood fairy tales and explore some of the wolf’s reincarnations in order to see how realities change in time. It has generally been observed in the literature that in pop culture Red has undergone quite dramatic changes from the little ingénue to the mature seductress. But what has happened to the bad wolf? How is he imagined by the 21st century pop culture? How do his agency and power change? What (new) message does he convey? To answer these questions, I shall look at three fairly recent advertisements that adapt the classic Little Red story for the screen: “Red Bull” energizer (February 2010), “Chanel no. 5” (featuring actress Estella Warren, late 1990s, 2007) and “B.U. Heartbeat” (featuring Tyson Kuteyi, 2008) perfumes. I will explore not only how such commercials reframe the dominant Western cultural pattern, but if they also undo the lessons both men and women have so far been forced to learn.

Open access

Andreea Şerban

Abstract

A fairly new medium for westerners, manga joins the variety of already existing “shakespeares”, bringing a fresh and vivid perspective on some of the most famous Shakespearean plays. This paper discusses several representations of space, with a particular focus on the city (Verona), the Capulet ballroom, and Juliet‘s bedroom, as they are rendered by artists in three manga transmediations of Romeo and Juliet coming from different cultural contexts (British, American, and Japanese). The paper will also explore the ways in which the three cultures play with Shakespeare‘s original Italian setting and negotiate their influence over one another at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

Open access

Dana Percec and Andreea Şerban

Abstract

In Romania, Shakespeare played an important role in the construction of Romania’s cultural identity and in the reshaping of political awareness during the communist dictatorship. In recent years, the Bard’s work has been translated into a contemporary, accessible Romanian language, with theatrical or musical adaptations targeted at a public whose tastes are shaped by popular culture. The authors discuss, from this perspective, two recent adaptations: The Taming of the Shrew (2005), acclimatized to contemporary Romanian realities (names, locations and folk music), and Romeo and Juliet (2009) that relocates the tragedy in the musical genre. The choice of two musical genres popular with the most widely spread segments of the public - the conservative, but less educated middle-aged group of non-theatre-goers and the youth - indicates an attempt, still new for the Romanian cultural market, to accommodate Shakespeare to the interests of two different communities of consumers, so far absent from this country’s high culture circuit.

Open access

Dana Percec and Andreea Şerban

Abstract

This paper discusses notions of physical violence, domestic violence, and sexual assault and the ways in which these were socially and legally perceived in early modern Europe. Special attention will be paid to a number of Shakespearean plays, such as Titus Andronicus and Edward III, but also to the narrative poem The Rape of Lucrece (whose motifs were later adopted in Cymbeline), where the consumption of the female body as a work of art is combined with verbal and physical abuse.

Open access

Andreea Varga, Răzvan Constantin Șerban, Daniela Lucia Muntean, Cristina Maria Tătar, Lenard Farczadi and Ioan Tilea

Abstract

A rapid, sensitive, high-throughput liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry method for the quantification of rivaroxaban from human plasma has been developed and validated. For the analytical separation a Zorbax SB-C18 column with isocratic flow of mobile phase composed of 0.2% formic acid in water and acetonitril (65:35, V/V) with a flow rate of 1 mL/min at a temperature of 45ºC was used. Detection of rivaroxaban was performed using positive electrospray ionization and MS/MS mode (sum of m/z 231.1; 289.2 and 318.2 from m/z 436.3). Plasma samples were prepared using single-step protein precipitation with methanol. Method validation was performed with regards to selectivity, linearity (r >0.9927), within-run and between-run precision (CV< 13.1 %) and accuracy (bias< 9.4 %) over a concentration range of 24.00 - 960.00 ng/mL plasma. Recovery was between 96.5 - 108.5% and the lower limit of quantification of rivaroxaban was 24.00 ng/mL. The developed method is simple, rapid, and selective, requires small plasma sample volumes, and was successfully applied for therapeutic drug monitoring of rivaroxaban in treated patients.

Open access

Smaranda Arghirescu, Mihaela Bătăneanț, Cristian Jinca, Andreea Pașcalău, Mihaela Lelik, Mihaela Preja, Ladislau Ritli, E.C. Ursu, Margit Șerban and Hortensia Ioniță

Abstract

Pseudothrombocytopenia is an in vitro sampling problem which may mislead the diagnosis towards the more critical condition of thrombocytopenia. The phenomenon occurs when the anticoagulant used while testing the blood sample causes clumping of platelets which mimics low platelet count without any clinical signs. This may determine unnecessary, expensive and invasive investigations and even treatment. In this article we report two cases of pseudothrombocytopenia diagnosed in pediatric patients.

Open access

Ioana Macovei, Daniela Lemeni, Roxana Șerban, Andreea Niculcea, Gabriel A. Popescu, Maria Nica, Anca Petrini and Grigore Mihăescu

Abstract

This study investigated the antibiotic susceptibility patterns and genetic resistance markers of 35 C. difficile strains isolated from patients with C. difficile infection. Vancomycin, metronidazole, tigecycline, teicoplanin, rifampicin, moxifloxacin, cefotaxime, tetracycline, erythromycin, clindamycin, chloramphenicol, linezolid and imipenem MICs were determined for toxigenic strains belonging to PCR ribotypes (PR) 012 (2), 014 (4), 017 (3), 018 (2), 027 (17), 046 (2), 087 (3) and 115 (2). Results showed vancomycin, metronidazole, tigecycline and teicoplanin to be active against all isolates. High resistance rates were noticed against cefotaxime (n = 35), clindamycin (n = 33), imipenem (n = 31), moxifloxacin (n = 25), erythromycin (n = 25) and rifampicin (n = 22). Linezolid-resistance was found in three isolates (PR 017/2, PR 012/1), showing complex resistance (7-9 antibiotics). PR 012, 017, 018, 027 and 046 isolates (n = 26) were resistant to 5-9 antibiotics. Twelve resistance profiles (2-9 antibiotics) were detected. Rifampicin-moxifloxacin-cefotaxime-erythromycin-clindamycin-imipenem-resistance was predominant, being expressed by 18 strains (PR 027/17, PR 018/1). PCR results suggested tetracycline-resistance to be induced by the gene tetM. Three tetM-positive isolates (PRs 012, 046), were also tndX-positive, suggesting the presence of a Tn5397-like element. Only two MLSB-resistant strains (PR 012) had the ermB gene and chloramphenicol-resistance determinant catD was not detected, leaving room for further investigating resistance mechanisms. Multidrug resistance could be attributed to most analysed strains, underlining, once more, the impact of wide-spectrum antimicrobial over prescription, still a tendency in our country, on transmission of antimicrobial resistance and emergence of epidemic C. difficile strains generating outbreaks.