Memories from the future: constative and performed identities in ideologized spaces


  • Felix Nicolau Lund University, Centre for Languages and Literature



Southeast Europe, communism, post-communism, corruption, authoritarianism, totalitarianism


Although communism was a Western creation its last consequences were implemented in southeastern Europe. In addition to the imposed aspects, there were local enthusiasms and excesses of zeal (euphemistically speaking), which attest to the existence of an identity matrix and a common mentality. Countries with an authoritarian tradition have absorbed this ideology of simultaneous denationalization and supra-nationalization to the deepest. And after the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, the Southeast European space preserved mass nostalgia: Stalin, Tito and Ceausescu are still guardianship figures for many of various social categories. Imperialist stability and/or glory are two of the most important reasons for forgetting communist terror. The research tries to identify and analyze the sources of historical instability that has an impact on the post-communist present - the communist heritage still looming large-, as well as to demystify certain stigmas unconditionally applied to Southeast European civilizations: corruption, laziness, negative Balkanization, frivolity and lack of consistency. This is a selective overview which aims to decant common mentalities of synchrony in relation to diachrony.

Author Biography

Felix Nicolau, Lund University, Centre for Languages and Literature

Felix Nicolau is a Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages and Communication, The Technical University of Civil Engineering, Bucharest, Romania, and a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Humanities, Lund University, Sweden. He defended his doctoral thesis in Comparative Literature in 2003 and is the author of eight books of literary and communication theory: Morpheus: from Text to Images. Intersemiotic Translations (2016), Take the Floor. Professional Communication Theoretically Contextualized (2014), Cultural Communication: Approaches to Modernity and Postmodernity (2014), Comunicare şi creativitate. Interpretarea textului contemporan (Communication and Creativity. The Interpretation of Contemporary Texts, 2014), Homo Imprudens (2006), Anticanonice (Anticanonicals, 2009), Codul lui Eminescu (Eminescu’s Code, 2010), and Estetica inumană: de la Postmodernism la Facebook (The Inhuman Aesthetics: from Postmodernism to Facebook, 2013), five volumes of poetry (Kamceatka – time IS honey, 2014) and two novels. He is a member in the editorial boards of The Muse – an International Journal of Poetry, and Metaliteratura journals. His areas of interest are translation studies, the theory of communication, comparative literature, cultural studies, translation studies, and British, American, and Romanian studies.


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How to Cite

Nicolau, F. (2021). Memories from the future: constative and performed identities in ideologized spaces. Swedish Journal of Romanian Studies, 4(1), 173–186.