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Ideology, Aesthetics, Literary History

Socialist Realism and its Others


Piotr Fast

The book analyses - with reference to the Soviet socialist realism - the relations between the structure/semantics of the literary text and its ideological and political context. Focusing on works typical of the socialist realism as well as on its subversive exponents (including books by Kharms, Bulgakov, Ehrenburg, Prishvin) the author claims that the dominant aesthetics influenced not only the mainstream socialist-realist texts, but also shaped the ways in which the main doctrine was questioned and opposed.
Contents: Ideology, literature, aesthetics, socialist realism - 20th-Century Russian literature - Kharms, Bulgakov, Ehrenburg, Prishvin.