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Over the Wall/After the Fall: Post-Communist Cultures through an East-West Gaze

Over the Wall/After the Fall: Post-Communist Cultures through an East-West Gaze (Paperback)

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"... a hot subject in today's scholarship... and a groundbreaking project of vital significance to the field of cultural studies at both `western' and `eastern' geographical locations." -Elwira Grossman



Over the Wall/After the Fall maps a new discourse on the evolution of cultural life in Eastern Europe following the end of communism. Departing from traditional binary views of East/West, the contributors to this volume consider the countries and the peoples of the region on their own terms. Drawing on insights from cultural studies, gender theory, and postcolonial studies, this lively collection addresses gender issues and sexual politics, consumerism, high and popular culture, architecture, media, art, and theater. Among the themes of the essays are the Western pop success of Bulgarian folk choirs, the Czechs' reception of Frank Gehry's unconventional building in the center of Prague, bohemians in Lviv, and cryptographic art installations from Bratislava.

Sibelan Forrester is Associate Professor of Russian at Swarthmore College. Elena Gapova is Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Gender Studies at European Humanities University in Minsk. Magdalena J. Zaborowska is Associate Professor in the Program in American Culture and the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan.

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