NO STRINGS ATTACHED: TRANSLATING ‘THE CONTROVERSIAL’ AFTER THE FALL OF COMMUNISM

Posted On Jul 23 2014 by

Since translation is a process of conveying a message by shaping the text so as to fit the target language and the target culture, it is related to globalization. Like globalization, translation implies transformation and acceptance of otherness. As far as mentality and ideologies are concerned, freedom of speech has always been perceived as a feature of the Western world. After the fall of communism,Romania has witnessed a strong Western influence and embraced the idea of freedom in all fields. The freedom of speech and of translating what was once controversial and forbidden is now manifested in the field of …


CONSTRUCTING CULTURAL IDENTITIES IN COMMUNIST ROMANIA: THE CASE OF PEOPLE’S LETTERS

Posted On Jul 27 2012 by

The paper examines how cultural identities are constructed in communist Romania based on an analysis of the people’s letters sent to Nicolae Ceauşescu. Approaching these epistles methodologically from a post-revisionist perspective, I analyzed them as a means of tracing individual efforts of self-fashioning as revolutionary subjects. In my investigation I also considered the importance of the practices of subjectivization (propaganda, political education) in proposing and disseminating the official cultural model of the socialist man in the Romanian public space and I demonstrated that in some cases people’s willingness to live up to the regime’s expectations for its citizens was not …


CONCENTRATIONARY SPACES IN ROMANIAN SCIENCE FICTION

Posted On Jul 27 2012 by

This paper surveys some Romanian science fiction works written during the Communist regime. In spite of unrestrained imagination assumed by science fiction, there are significant patterns peculiar to concentrationary universes. The plots are set in enclosed spaces, the other is usually seen as an enemy, the characters play the victim or the perpetrator part, while the entrapment and dehumanization are the frequent features of the future societies. These imaginative works blur the frontiers between literature, memory and history, offering information about the ideological imaginary of the period