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Genre and the (Post-)Communist Woman : Analyzing Transformations of the Central and Eastern European Female Ideal.

By: C.Andreescu, Florentina.
Contributor(s): Shapiro, Michael J.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Interventions: Publisher: Florence : Taylor and Francis, 2014Copyright date: ©2014Description: 1 online resource (203 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781317747352.Subject(s): Femininity -- Europe, Central | Femininity -- Europe, Eastern | Femininity in popular culture -- Europe, Central | Femininity in popular culture -- Europe, Eastern | Women -- Europe, Central -- Identity | Women -- Europe, Eastern -- IdentityGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Genre and the (Post-)Communist Woman : Analyzing Transformations of the Central and Eastern European Female IdealDDC classification: 305.420943 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- List of figures -- Notes on contributors -- 1 Introduction -- 2 Women, language, and sacrifice -- 3 Haunted transitions: memory, theater, and gender discourse -- 4 Hungarian masks -- 5 (An)other part of the Fall? Stories of anonymous women in (post-)communism -- 6 Women as anti-communist dissidents and secret police collaborators -- 7 Flirting with the West: gender and nation in Occident (2002) and California Dreamin' (2007) -- 8 Governance of life and femininity in Bosnia and Herzegovina: reflections on affective politics and cultural production -- 9 The fantasy of femininity among the industrial ruins of communism: Teona Strugar Mitevska's I am from Titov Veles (2007) -- 10 Turbo-sexuality or turbo-sexism: the emerging standards of beauty in the pop-folk music of the Balkans -- 11 The gypsy woman: between imaginary figure and reality -- Index.
Summary: This work is a critical intervention into the archive of female identity; it reflects on the ways in which the Central and Eastern European female ideal was constructed, represented, and embodied in communist societies and on its transformation resulting from the political, economic, and social changes specific to the post-communist social and political transitions. During the communist period, the female ideal was constituted as a heroic mother and worker, both a revolutionary and a state bureaucrat, which were regarded as key elements in the processes of industrial development and production. She was portrayed as physically strong and with rugged rather than with feminized attributes. After the post-communist regime collapsed, the female ideal's traits changed and instead took on the feminine attributes that are familiar in the West's consumer-oriented societies. Each chapter in the volume explores different aspects of these changes and links those changes to national security, nationalism, and relations with Western societies, while focusing on a variety of genres of expression such as films, music, plays, literature, press reports, television talk shows, and ethnographic research. The topics explored in this volume open a space for discussion and reflection about how radical social change intimately affected the lives and identities of women, and their positions in society, resulting in various policy initiatives involving women's social and political roles. The book will be of interest to students and scholars of gender studies, comparative politics, Eastern European studies, and cultural studies.
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Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- List of figures -- Notes on contributors -- 1 Introduction -- 2 Women, language, and sacrifice -- 3 Haunted transitions: memory, theater, and gender discourse -- 4 Hungarian masks -- 5 (An)other part of the Fall? Stories of anonymous women in (post-)communism -- 6 Women as anti-communist dissidents and secret police collaborators -- 7 Flirting with the West: gender and nation in Occident (2002) and California Dreamin' (2007) -- 8 Governance of life and femininity in Bosnia and Herzegovina: reflections on affective politics and cultural production -- 9 The fantasy of femininity among the industrial ruins of communism: Teona Strugar Mitevska's I am from Titov Veles (2007) -- 10 Turbo-sexuality or turbo-sexism: the emerging standards of beauty in the pop-folk music of the Balkans -- 11 The gypsy woman: between imaginary figure and reality -- Index.

This work is a critical intervention into the archive of female identity; it reflects on the ways in which the Central and Eastern European female ideal was constructed, represented, and embodied in communist societies and on its transformation resulting from the political, economic, and social changes specific to the post-communist social and political transitions. During the communist period, the female ideal was constituted as a heroic mother and worker, both a revolutionary and a state bureaucrat, which were regarded as key elements in the processes of industrial development and production. She was portrayed as physically strong and with rugged rather than with feminized attributes. After the post-communist regime collapsed, the female ideal's traits changed and instead took on the feminine attributes that are familiar in the West's consumer-oriented societies. Each chapter in the volume explores different aspects of these changes and links those changes to national security, nationalism, and relations with Western societies, while focusing on a variety of genres of expression such as films, music, plays, literature, press reports, television talk shows, and ethnographic research. The topics explored in this volume open a space for discussion and reflection about how radical social change intimately affected the lives and identities of women, and their positions in society, resulting in various policy initiatives involving women's social and political roles. The book will be of interest to students and scholars of gender studies, comparative politics, Eastern European studies, and cultural studies.

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<p>Florentina C. Andreescu is a lecturer in International Studies at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.</p> <p>Michael J Shapiro is a professor of Political Science at the University of Hawai'i---Manoa.</p>

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