Universitatea „Lucian Blaga” din Sibiu, Facultatea de Litere și Arte
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12 / 2016
Consumerism and Propaganda in Romanian Historical Novel under Communism (II)
This paper is a reflection on the ambiguous status and boundaries of popular historical fiction under communism: on the one hand, it strengthened the glorious image of the national past elaborated by the communist propaganda; on the other hand, it opened an escapist dimension that contributed to the subversion of the “gray” realism the regime approved of as a narrative formula. Its literary success seems to be the result of some kind of escapism from the immediate reality by reconstructing the past (described in all the official histories as an exclusively glorious one) into exciting narrations that combine documented historical reality with fictional hypotheses and spectacular plots.
Keywords: Romanian novel, historical novel, popular fiction, consumerism, propaganda.
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