Alexander Etkind (University of Cambridge)
Catriona Kelly (University of Oxford)
In the post-Soviet economics of memory, where the losses are massive and the monuments in short supply, the dead return as the undead. Mourning over real losses merges with an anticipation of new and imagined ones. It is not that fear is connected to memory in this ghostly amalgam; they become literally the same experience. Two processes concur on this stage, the defamiliarization of the past and the return of the repressed. Discussing examples from monuments, novels, and films, I will demonstrate the cultural logic of post-Soviet melancholia.
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