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Title: Coming to terms with communist propaganda: post-communism, memory and generation
Authors: Szostak, Sylwia
Mihelj, Sabina
Keywords: Memory
World War Two
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: SZOSTAK, S. and MIHELJ, S., 2016. Coming to terms with communist propaganda: post-communism, memory and generation. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 20 (3), pp. 324-340.
Abstract: This article has two main aims. First, it seeks to contribute to existing research on the mediation of post-communist memory by considering the Polish case and specifically by focusing on audience memories of an iconic television series produced in communist Poland, Four Tankmen and a Dog (TVP, 1966-1970), set during World War Two. Second, the article pays particular attention to the generational stratification of audience memories, and thereby makes a contribution to recent literature that examines the links between generation and mediated remembering. The analysis draws on life-course interviews with viewers of two different generations, conducted in Poland in 2014. The results indicate that the ways in which Polish audiences remember communist-era programming, and specifically the extent to which they perceive such programming as propaganda, vary significantly with generation. We argue that these differences stem from generationally-specific experiences in the past, which gave rise to distinct modes of engaging with the communist era and its heritage.
Description: This paper was accepted for publication in the journal European Journal of Cultural Studies and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1177/1367549416682247
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/1367549416682247
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/22522
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/1367549416682247
ISSN: 1460-3551
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