Maria Sabina DRAGA-ALEXANDRU

Academic Year:
2020/2021

Research Program:
NEC UEFISCDI Award

Affiliation:
Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Bucharest

Position:
Associate Professor

Country:
Romania

Research project: Traveling Memory and Re-Performances of the Private in Post-Communist Women’s Writing: Domnica Radulescu, Kapka Kassabova and Yiyun Li

This project focuses on reconstructions of the private in narratives and memoirs by three migrant postcommunist women writers: Domnica Radulescu, Kapka Kassabova and Yiyun Li. Through looking at narrative and/ as performance particularly in the work of Romanian American author Domnica Radulescu, placed in a global perspective within the triangle Romania-Bulgaria-China represented by the authors chosen, but also through an interdisciplinary approach to the social/historical context through the lens of performance, I will examine the ways in which a necessary work of reparation of the damage done to private female life under communist surveillance is carried out in contemporary female diasporic writing. While I disagree with some recent views that state socialism benefited women’s private lives, I will aim to show that the three writers’ practice of narrative hybridization with other forms (theater, memoir and even poetry) is a way to voice the innermost depths of individual memory