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 …