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Buffeted by Political Winds

Children’s Literature in Communist Romania

Adrian Solomon

Keywords: children’s literature; Communism; gender roles; ideology; masculinization of society; politics; Romania

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.

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