Revolutions, Capitalism and Violence
By Anca Pusca
Routledge – 2013 – 224 pages
In this book, Anca Pusca seeks to extend the aesthetic and cultural turn in international relations to an analysis of post-communist transitions in Central and Eastern Europe. Building on the philosophy of Walter Benjamin, the work investigates how post-communist film, literature, popular culture, museumization and architecture have creatively re-engaged with ideas of revolution, capitalism and violence, examining how forms of aesthetic memory, justice and violence have helped people survive and reinvent themselves amongst material and ideological ruins.
The work illustrates how popular culture has effectively targeted and re-interpreted the classical representations of the transition in order to question:
A unique take on the influence that popular culture has had and continues to have on how we understand the post-communist transitions, this work will be of great interest to students and scholars of cultural studies, eastern European politics and international relations.
1. Introduction: Post-Communist Aesthetics 2. Re-staging 1989 3. Erasing Communism 4. Building Capitalism 5. Violence and Marginalization 6. EU Illusions/Disillusions 7. Conclusion
Anca Pusca's current research seeks to re-conceptualize the aesthetics of change within the context of today’s EU and its candidate states, by tracing spatial, architectural and visual representations and responses to EU’s most important policies: from immigration, monetary and the common agricultural policy to constitutional reform. She lecturers at Goldsmiths, University of London.