New Publication by Fulbright Scholar

4We would like to bring your attention to "A Socialist Soap Opera"/”O telenovela socialista”, a new book by Fulbright Scholar Alumnus Dr. Doru Pop, recently published by Cartea Romaneasca editing house.  

As the editors of the volume say "Doru Pop's novel is written in the first person, with a wild authenticity. The volume covers two decades of communism, from in the early 70's until 1989. Under the guise of a letter send by a father to his son, the book reconstitutes the childhood and the early youth in communist Romania . In this universe the real and the imaginary are forced to complete a puzzle of a lost memory. Amid family stories, built both with humor and sadness, a son grows through tragicomic instances, marked by the conflictual relations with a father, whether biological or symbolic, ideological and acquired, present or absent. As the exploits of the golden boy explode, the idealized glossy clichés about family, friendship, love are peeled to reach the hard core of a consciousness developing without illusions. Doru Pop’s book can be framed, at a first glance, in the category of fictional autobiographies. Yet it is much more than that: using a brief and laconic construction of sentences, with sudden changes of narratives, it is designed to reflect the "thickening" a child's voice, from the first signs of consciousness until maturity. The diversity of characters, the collection of urban folklore, the breath of fresh air in each scene and a prodigious memory makes this novel a Bildungsroman of a whole generation."
5Doru Pop (born May 3, 1970, Baia Mare) is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Theatre and Television, Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj. He earned a master's degree in Journalism and Communication at the University of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and a doctorate in Philosophy, with a thesis on the philosophy of visual culture, at his home university in Cluj-Napoca .

A Fulbright Scholar and Ron Brown alumnus (1995-1996, 2012-2013), Dr. Pop was invited in 2012 to teach a course on Romanian contemporary cinema at the Bard College, New York. He published various volumes of studies and essays: “Elections from hell. False Treatise on the Imperfections of Domestic Political Imaginary” (2007), “The Eye and Body. Modern and Postmodern in the Philosophy of Visual Culture” (2005), “911. The Day Democracy Died” (2003), “Media and Democracy” (Polirom, 2001), “Media and Politics” (2000), “Social Obsessions” (1998). He translated Giovanni Sartori’s “Theory of Democracy Revisited” (Polirom, 1999). He also wrote a volume of short stories for children: “Granny Nana’s Stories”/”Povestile bunicutei Nana” (2003). Doru Pop collaborated in several collective volumes and he writes political commentary and literary chronicle and essay for a number of Romanian literary magazines.

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