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11. Remains of Utopia: Communist Kitsch, Propaganda, and Sentimental Artifacts in Postcommunist Romania

Friday, 9 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Michigan B, Sheraton Chicago

A special session

Presiding: Roxana Michaela Verona, Dartmouth Coll.

Speakers: Irina Botea, School of the Art Inst. of Chicago; David Dulceany, Duke Univ.; Gene Tanta, Univ. of California, Berkeley; Mirela Tanta, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago

Responding: Rozalinda Borcila, Vermont Coll. of Fine Arts

For abstracts, write to gtanta@berkeley.edu.

Session Description:

In the haunted light of communist history, this roundtable will list, project, and discuss diplomatic documents, poems, socialist realist portraits, and film stills to consider Romanian postcommunist cultural transformations. How do we imagine a postcommunist audience for these communist artifacts? What do these remains of utopia teach us about the vulnerabilities of dreaming together?


Subjects:

  • General Literature – Cultural Studies, Folklore, and Popular Culture

  • Other Literatures – Romanian

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