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Abstract

Kornelia Slavova, in her paper "Reading Liksom's Short Story 'We Got Married' in Post-communist Bulgaria," discusses the intricate interrelations of texts and social practices in postcommunist Bulgaria by analysing Rosa Liksom's short story read by sixty readers. Further, Slavova proposes the study of the uses of stereotypes in fiction and their discursive hardening in extratextual practices at times of radical political and cultural change. With this notion, she focuses on two major stereotypical patterns concerning gender and the supranational opposition East/West. Slavova argues that the latter function as palimpsest structures on which earlier bipolar representations from the communist Cold-War era are still legible under the new postmodern and post-totalitarian ideological scripts -- superimposed on them over the last twelve years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. In her conclusion, Slavova proposes that text and textual analysis play a significant role in cultural studies because they reflect, create, and recreate the fantasies and myths of a given culture, generating meaningful tension between the real and the imagined, the particular and the general, the practical and the theoretical.

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