Velvet Retro: Postsocialist Nostalgia and the Politics of Heroism in Czech Popular Culture
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About the Author
Veronika Pehe is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary History of the Czech Academy of Sciences.
"Velvet Retro draws surprising and illuminating connections between various aspects of postsocialist culture and politics. It innovatively combines the history of popular culture, film and literary studies, memory studies, and comparative nationalism to establish a novel connection between retro aesthetics and postsocialist political culture." - Pavel Kolář, University of Konstanz
"A wide-ranging record of the cultural causes célèbres in the Czech Republic since the fall of Communism, this book studies what they show about how Czech artistic and media elites and the general public have chosen to commemorate the Communist period. It usefully resonates with the perceived disconnect--currently widespread internationally--between a metropolitan elite and the masses." - Rajendra Chitnis, University College, Oxford