Fantasies of Liberation. Aesthetic Transgressions and Regressions in the Gender Imaginary of Post-Communism



This study intends to explore the archetypes of the post-communist gender-based imaginary, which was the result of a contradictory alchemic operation. Situated at the intersection of two antagonistic cultural spheres, the globalized imaginary and the archaic counterfeit memory of neo-traditionalism, gender was transformed into a conflictual construct. The article is based on a fundamental assumption which claims that present-day deformations of the imaginary and the creative boycott against gender represent the result of a regressive symbolic operation, determined by the chronic perpetuation of a maleficent type of modernity. 

Keywords: gender, aesthetic imaginary, post-communism, modernity, cultural regression, invented tradition