Legacies of Totalitarian Language in the Discourse Culture of the Post-totalitarian Era: The Case of Eastern Europe, Russia, and China

Legacies of Totalitarian Language in the Discourse Culture of the Post-totalitarian Era: The Case of Eastern Europe, Russia, and China

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Edited by Ernest Andrews, Contributions by Matthew H. Ciscel, Contributions by Marius Dragomir, Contributions by Fengyuan Ji, Contributions by Ekaterina Levintova, Contributions by Andrejs Plakans, Contributions by Marek Skovajsa, Contributions by Norina Solomon, Contributions by Magda Stroinska, Contributions by Cosmina Tanasoiu

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  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Format: Hardback | 230 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 231mm x 20mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 19 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Lanham, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0739164651
  • ISBN 13: 9780739164655
  • Sales rank: 1,697,865

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The book represents the first scholarly work to provide a detailed and clear view of the extent to which, and of the way in which linguistic-mental habits of the communist totalitarian era manifest themselves in the new discursive environment of the post-totalitarian era in Eastern Europe, Russia, and China. The book achieves its objective through ten discrete discussions, each offering new perspectives and insights on the book's topic.

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Ernest Andrews is a visiting scholar at the Russian-Eastern European Institute at Indiana University.

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The book is a pioneering investigation of the lingering linguistic memories of the totalitarian past in contemporary post-Communist discourses. Contributions related to Eastern Europe, Russia and China provide a multi-faceted lens to view linguistic processes across societies with various Communist and post-Communist experiences. -- Lara Ryazanova-Clarke, The University of Edinburgh This wide-ranging collection of perceptive and thought-provoking studies of change from communism, and within communist systems, demonstrates why revolutions rarely permit a clean break with the past. Language continues, carrying patterns of thought across historic events, even when a new regime tries to alter a nation's thinking by changing the permitted modes of expression. This is a dimension of political life that political scientists and practitioners alike need to assimilate. These essays make a valuable contribution to that endeavor. -- Ronald J. Hill, Trinity College, Dublin This collection of essays offers a geographically diverse account of the legacy of totalitarian language in many former communist countries, with a chapter on post-totalitarian yet still communist China. Slavic Studies The volume looks at examples of contemporary political and media discourse in a number of Eastern European countries, as well as Russia and China. The topics range from the language of sociological scholarship in Czechoslovakia, to the language of the media and electoral campaigns in Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova, to the intertwining linguistic and cultural legacies of the Soviet era, the interwar republic and the diaspora in Latvia...informative volume. Slavic and East European Review, 90

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter 1: The Absent Past: The Language of Czech Sociology Before and After 1989 Chapter 3 Chapter 2: The Linguistic Legacy of the Communist Propaganda in Post-Communist Thought Patterns: The Case of Poland Chapter 4 Chapter 3: What Does Democracy Mean in Moldova? Political Discourse Around Contested Words in the Disputed Elections of 2009 Chapter 5 Chapter 4: The Language of Romanian Post-Communist Politics Twenty Years After: Linguistic Memories of a Communist Past Chapter 6 Chapter 5: Newspeak in the Language of Politics in the Post-Totalitarian Era: The Case of Bulgaria Chapter 7 Chapter 6: Intertwining Legacies: Language and Socio-Cultural Change in Post-Soviet Latvia Chapter 8 Chapter 7: The Language of the Media in Post-Communist Romania:Changes and Continuities Chapter 9 Chapter 8: Official Ideological Discourse in Pre-Transition and Post-Communist Russia: What Have Really Changed Since the Communist Period? Chapter 10 Chapter 9: Language, State and Society in Post-Mao China: Continuity and Change