Alternative Histories of the Communist Past: Typologies of Representation in the Romanian Film and Novel after 1989

Andrei SIMUŢ


The article analyzes the extent to which the Romanian film and novel after 1989 propose a contrasting vision on the recent past as compared to the official, hegemonic discourse of the political realm. One important event was the official condemnation of the communist regime in 2006. Another objective of the paper is to analyze the artistic response of films to media and political events. The questions asked are: do the films from this period challenge the hegemonic anti-communist discourse? What are the strategies employed? How has the film or the novel influenced other discourses as well? Three typologies of representing communism are proposed and discussed.

Keywords: Romanian Post-Communist Film, typologies of representation, communist past