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Studies on Socialist Realism

The Polish View


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, Bartłomiej Starnawski & Grzegorz Wołowiec

Introduction: Socialist Realism in Polish Literary Research

Anna Artwińska, Bartłomiej Starnawski & Grzegorz Wołowiec

‘Fluctuat nec mergitur…’ On Socialist Realism in Meta-Discursive Perspective

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