Introduction: the Distinctive role of Socialist Realism in
Soviet CultureI. Socialist Realism before 1932
1. What Socialist Realism Isand What Led to Its Adoption as the Official Method of Soviet Literature
2. The Positive Hero in Prevolutionary Fiction
3. Socialist Realist Classics of the Twenties
II. High Stalinist Culture
4. The Machine and the Garden: Literature and the Metaphors for the New Society
5. The Stalinist Myth of the "Great Family"
6. The Sense of Reality in the Heroic Age
III. An Analysis of the Conventional Soviet Novel
7. The Prototypical Plot
8. Three Auxiliary Patterns of Ritual Sacrifice
IV. Soviet Fiction since World War II
9. The Postwar Stalin Period (1944-53)
10. The Khrushchev Years
11. Paradise Lost or Paradise Regained?ConclusionAppendix A: The Master Plot as Exemplified in the Production Novel and Other Basic Types of Novel of the Stalin PeriodAppendix B: The Official Short List of Model Novels as Inferred from Speeches to Writers' Union CongressesAfterword
A dynamic account of the socialist realist novel's evolution as seen in the context of Soviet culture.
Katerina Clark is Professor of Comparative Literature at Yale University. She is author of Petersburg, Crucible of Cultural Revolution and coauthor (with Michael Holquist of Mikhail Bakhtin.
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