Buffeted by Political Winds

Children’s Literature in Communist Romania

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  • 1 Bucharest University of Economic Studies adisolomon@yahoo.com
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ABSTRACT

This article provides insight into the practically uncharted territory of children’s literature published during the Communist regime in Romania, with a special emphasis on boys’ roles and masculinity in the context of major themes and obsessions. Its purpose is to reveal both the nonideological side of this literature and the extent to which it might have exerted a decisive influence on education. The conclusion is that the power of nonideological seduction was greater than that of indoctrination.

Contributor Notes

Adrian Solomon teaches English at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania. He is an editor for the Romanian Cultural Institute’s publishing house, and founder of the quarterly Plural (1999–2009), one of the richest sources of Anglophone writings on Romanian culture and civilization, and its corresponding website, later incorporated into the institute’s official one. He has translated many books and articles from and into English and French. One of his interests is children’s literature, with a specific focus on works written during the Communist period. E-mail: adisolomon@yahoo.com

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