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Women’s Voices in Post-Communist Eastern Europe (Vol II)
Women’s Voices in Post-Communist Eastern Europe (Vol II)

Contributor(s): Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru (Editor), Mădălina Nicolaescu (Editor), Helen Lawton Smith (Editor)
Subject(s): Gender Studies, Studies of Literature
Published by: Editura Universităţii din Bucureşti
Keywords: Eastern European wmen’s literature; communism; patriarchal norm;
Summary/Abstract: This volume is the second o f a collection of critical essays on Eastern European women’s literature after the fall of the communist regime. The first volume, Rewriting Histories, published last year, focuses on the need to retrieve personal perceptions of the history of women’s experiences under communism and tries to bridge the gap between a now and a then whose memory is still felt as traumatic. The essays in the current volume, whilst still deeply marked by this historical dimension, open up the perspective to a wider variety of issues by focusing more on representations of body-related experiences. A special emphasis is placed on the body as a site of knowledge-formation and of liberation from and resistance to patriarchal norm in its relation to communism. A characteristic of most essays is their focus on local interpretations and close readings, whilst theory is given comparatively less weight. The lack of an Eastern European-specific feminist theory and the rather indiscriminate borrowing of theories coming from Western Europe and the United States, which often did not match realities in the region, was the cause of much lament for feminism in Eastern Europe in the early post-communist years. More recently, as these essays suggest, attention to the local, to the mechanisms of texts in their relationships with contexts and an urge to historicise experience seem to have left the older propensity for theoretical discourse behind.The essays in this volume examine this local dimension through focusing on embodied knowledge production and representations of the female self in a comparative perspective, which reads contemporary experience against the background of the still present traumatic memory of the communist regime. Whilst trauma must be overcome so that historical evolution may be possible, such evolution cannot take place unless the negative experiences of the communist years are articulated and owned.

  • Print-ISBN-13: 978-973-737-201-7
  • Print-ISBN-10: 973-737-054-6
  • Page Count: 208
  • Publication Year: 2006
  • Language: English
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