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The Post-Communist Afterlife of Dissidents: The Case of Herta Müller

Dutceac Segesten, Anamaria LU (2013) In Imagining Mass Dictatorships: The Individual and the Masses in Literature and Cinema p.28-51
Abstract
This chapter explores the role of the dissident intellectual in the post-dictatorship era. More specifically, it looks at the reaction in the Romanian cultural press and in the daily newspapers to the awarding of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature to Herta Müller, a Romanian-born German writer. Müller is known for her anti-Communist stance as well as her critique of those Romanian political and intellectual elites judged too shy in distancing themselves from the Communist past. I would suggest that the ambivalent attitude of the media towards Müller’s prize reflects the hesitation of both the public and elite to critically engage with the recent past. The effectiveness of Müller’s intransigent attitude is also questioned, that is, more... (More)
This chapter explores the role of the dissident intellectual in the post-dictatorship era. More specifically, it looks at the reaction in the Romanian cultural press and in the daily newspapers to the awarding of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature to Herta Müller, a Romanian-born German writer. Müller is known for her anti-Communist stance as well as her critique of those Romanian political and intellectual elites judged too shy in distancing themselves from the Communist past. I would suggest that the ambivalent attitude of the media towards Müller’s prize reflects the hesitation of both the public and elite to critically engage with the recent past. The effectiveness of Müller’s intransigent attitude is also questioned, that is, more broadly, whether former anti-Communist dissidents are still in a position to mobilize interest and reaction in the aftermath of authoritarian regimes. (Less)
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Post-communism, Herta Müller, dissidents, media analysis, Romania, Nobel Prize in Litterature, anti-communism, collective memory
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Imagining Mass Dictatorships: The Individual and the Masses in Literature and Cinema
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Schoenhals, Michael; Sarsenov, Karin; and
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28 - 51
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Palgrave Macmillan
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9781137330680
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English
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yes
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  author       = {Dutceac Segesten, Anamaria},
  editor       = {Schoenhals, Michael and Sarsenov, Karin},
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  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {28--51},
  publisher    = {Palgrave Macmillan},
  series       = {Imagining Mass Dictatorships: The Individual and the Masses in Literature and Cinema},
  title        = {The Post-Communist Afterlife of Dissidents: The Case of Herta Müller},
  year         = {2013},
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