chapter  10
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The AIDSed perestroika: discourses of gender in negotiations of ideological consensus in late- socialist kaTeřIna kOLářOvá


Analysing A Tainted Horseplay, the high-profile narrative of the perestroika period, the concept of shared vulnerabilities inspires us to look for signs of various and even contradictory investment in the imaginations of the community in the moment of crisis. Significations of AIDS then both reflect but also participate in articulating and construing the anxieties resulting from the ‘break of consciousness’ and from the process of reimagining and re-construing the socialist community that was happening covertly under ‘the bleak sky of boredom and mortifying eventlessness’.