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Romanian Cinematic Nationhood


  • Florentina C. Andreescu

    1. University of North Carolina, Wilmington
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    • Florentina C. Andreescu is a lecturer at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Her work has appeared in Nationalities Papers: The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity, Studia Politica: Romanian Political Science Review, and the Tamkang Journal of International Affairs. She is presently completing a book project entitled From Communism to Capitalism: Nation and State in Romanian Cultural Production.


This article analyses the way the concept of nation is reflected in film using the theory of cinematic nationhood and the method of relational constructivism. More specifically, it looks at how the nation can be legitimised when it occupies a strategic position within the national structure of fantasy and when it is closely associated with the most relevant commonplaces present within the social space. The article further investigates the situation in which the concept of nation loses legitimacy because of a change in the way it is imagined. The research addresses the case of Romania, choosing three films representing three distinct periods and characterised by different forms of political and economic organisation: communism, transition, and post-transition.