A tear and a smile: Translating Post-Soviet Memory in Cuba and Romania
31 January 2022, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm
Part of the Translation, Memory, Migration (UCL / SOAS Global Translation Lectures) series
This event is free.
The talk explores what is remembered of the Soviet Union in Cuba and Romania after 1989 based on its representation in fiction. It aims to trace transformations and translations of the role, representation and attribution of the Soviet Union in reaction to the disappearance of its hegemonic power. Memory is understood here as a process of cultural translation: it is a retrospective process starting from the present, a reinterpretation of history determined by the era’s social, political, and cultural circumstances, and a conflictual process of negotiation between elements of the old and the new contexts. Exemplary case studies show the impact of the Soviet Union on the construction of collective cultural memory. The comparative analysis aims to track the particularities of these representations and to identify the main strategies for dealing with the past.
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