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Self-Censorship and Aesopian Language of Scholarly Texts of Late State Socialism

Donnerstag, 03.01.2019

Neuer Beitrag im Journal "The Slavonic and East European Review" von Univ.-Prof. Dr. Libora Oates-Indruchová

 

Self-Censorship and Aesopian Language of Scholarly Texts of Late State Socialism

The article looks at self-censorship in state-socialist scholarly publishing in the broader context of censorship. Theories of censorship maintain that censorship is either conducive of (Leo Strauss) or detrimental to (for example Miklós Haraszti) creative work and critical thinking. This paper seeks to answer the question why both of these views occur simultaneously in the post-1989 narratives of Czech social science and humanities scholars who were active in academic publishing between 1969 and 1989. It considers, in turn, the politicisation of research subjects, the interventions of Cold War binaries into scholarly language and the (im)possibility of the existence of a code of communication between the author and the reader to produce subversive or alternative meanings.

Oates-Indruchová, L. (2018): Self-Censorship and Aesopian Language of Scholarly Texts of Late State Socialism, in: The Slavonic and East European Review, Vol. 96, No. 4, pp. 614-641, doi: 10.5699/slaveasteurorev2.96.4.0614.

 

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