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Studies on Socialist Realism

The Polish View


Edited By Anna Artwińska, Bartłomiej Starnawski and Grzegorz Wołowiec

This anthology presents a selection of texts on Polish socialist realist literature, written from the early 1980s to date. They depict a comprehensive picture of this literary phenomenon: starting from its holistic interpretations, through detailed analyses of the poetics of literary and political texts and a presentation of specific, also untypical embodiments of this artistic doctrine, to descriptions of the functioning of the institutions of literary life under socialist realism. All the texts in this anthology share a historically and culturally determined general methodological perspective, representing a combination of the Polish version of structuralism in literary studies – on the descriptive plane – with the anti-communist attitude on the plane of evaluation of presented phenomena.
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Anna Artwi´nska is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Slavic Studies of the University of Hamburg. Her research interests include socialist realism, memory and post-memory of communism, post-colonial studies, as well as concepts of generation and genealogy in literature.

Bartłomiej Starnawski is a historian of literature at the Institute of Literary Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw. In his research he looks at socialist realism and literature of the People’s Republic of Poland from the perspective of history and theory of literature.

Grzegorz Wołowiec is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Literary Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw. He researches literature and literary life in the People’s Republic of Poland, both from the historiographic and from the meta-historical perspective.

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