Publication Date

April 2012


This paper analyzes the role played by Radio Free Europe in redistributing sound inside Romania, a country which experienced one of the most repressive communist regimes in Eastern Europe. By following the work of Monica Lovinescu, a cultural critic and writer, and Ana Blandiana, a poet, and leaning heavily on the theoretical framework provided by Giorgio Agamben, this paper uncovers the potential of disembodied voices. Voice, therefore, drives the revolution, providing the Romanian population with a means of escape, a means with which to reclaim their words and thus begin making demands for change. Two types of sounds/voices will be discussed in this paper, exiled sound and muted sound. This paper challenges the prevailing notions that Romania was a country without an effective intellectual/cultural public sphere which thus prevented it from fully partaking in the "Carnival of Revolution" of 1989.

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