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Bren, Paulina

Major Zeman’s Revisionist Crime-Fighting:
The Politics of Memory and Media from Late Communism to Post-Communism in the Czech Republic

This paper examines the role of television in the construction of identity in Czechoslovakia after the 1968 Prague Spring.  In the 1970s and 1980s, television became fundamental for mediating between the state and its citizens during the late communist period of so-called “normalization.” The effects of communist popular culture, however, spilled over into the post-communist era as well: this became apparent during heated debates in the 1990s over the rebroadcast of socialist television serials.  By considering the role and function of entertainment television during communism and after, I trace how meaning and memory were made and remade through the production, broadcast, rebroadcast, and eventual mass sale of communism’s best-known visual artefacts.

Saturday 31 October 12.00-13.30 Session 8