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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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Wojciech Tomasik - Newspeak: Style as Language


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Wojciech Tomasik

Newspeak: Style as Language


Language plays an important role within the repertoire of persuasive devices available to the Polish novel in the period 1949–1955. It creates an elementary layer of persuasiveness of text whose superstructure is built with typically literary rhetorical techniques, ones that can only be employed in literature. The distinct characteristic of socialist realist novel is its subordination to the stylistic pattern shaped within the field of mass media, and more precisely: within the field of political publicism of the first half of the 1950s.

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