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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 Artwińska, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Slavic Studies, University of Hamburg, and member of the Centre for Cultural and Literary Studies, Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw. Research interests include socialist realism, memory and post-memory of communism, post-colonial studies, concepts of generation and genealogy in literature.

Edward Balcerzan, Professor Emeritus at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, theoretician and historian of literature, poet, prosaist, literary critic. Renowned 20th-century poetry scholar, especially of the avant-garde poetry, and of the theory of translation.

John M. Bates, Lecturer at the University of Glasgow. Interested in contemporary Polish literature, including the period of socialist realism and censorship in Poland.

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