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“Marrying into the European Family of Nations: National Disorder and Upset Gender Roles in Post-Communist Romanian Film”

Georgescu, D; (2011) “Marrying into the European Family of Nations: National Disorder and Upset Gender Roles in Post-Communist Romanian Film”. Journal of Women's History , 23, 20 (4) pp. 131-154.

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Abstract

Drawing on recent Romanian films, this article explores the distinctive post-communist concerns with national relocation in the symbolic geography of Europe. The focus on tragic comedies, an increasingly popular genre in Eastern European cinematography, foregrounds the critical usage of irony to express skepticism about the inclusive nature of geopolitical projects such as the European Union by national communities situated at its periphery. While the tragic comedies examined here are successful in challenging official narratives of European belonging, they rely on highly gendered scripts that prove more resilient to ironic reworkings. The movies resort to gendered plots and family tropes, representing Romania’s efforts to receive European recognition as attempts to “marry into” the European Union. The larger thrust of this article is to open complex notions such as “Europe,” “nation,” and “gender,” which are notoriously prone to essentialization, to a deconstructive analysis as systems of differentiation.

Type: Article
Title: “Marrying into the European Family of Nations: National Disorder and Upset Gender Roles in Post-Communist Romanian Film”
Location: US
Keywords: post-communist film, symbolic geography, gender regimes, Romania, Eastern Europe, European Union
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > SSEES
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1520742
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