Rearticulating Socialist Subjectivities: Class and Gender in Romanian Fiction during Communism
27 Apr 2018, 17:30 to 27 Apr 2018, 19:30
Marxism in Culture
IHR Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Alex Boican, independent scholar
At the centre of the Communist projects of social transformation was the creation of a classless and gender equal society. Taking seriously this aim requires the redeeming of class and gender as critical categories of analysis, and to ask how classless and gender equal really existing socialist societies in fact were. Arguing that the transformation undergone by these societies during Communist rule was underpinned by the conflict between the drive for social emancipation and the reproduction of social hierarchies, this presentation will explore the changing political dynamics of socialist class and gender structures through an analysis of their articulations in Romanian fiction during Communism.
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