Vol. 16 (2023): XVI International Symposium Contemporary Issues of Literary Criticism Socialist Realism in Literature and Art
Socialist Realism and Soviet Discourse

The Theory of Socialist Realism and its Relation to Religion

Levan Bregadze
TSU Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature

Published 2023-12-11


  • socialist realism,
  • religion,
  • literature


One of the necessary demands of the socialist realism was propaganda of atheism. The Soviet State commenced a way of a unique experiment – to try to create a godless society, that had to be supported politically, ideologically and economically. The fiction literature (belles-lettres), literary critics and literary science based on the method of socialist realism was engaged to support this experiment ideologically. In the service of antireligious propaganda were engaged not only literary works describing contemporality but the interpretation of the ancient Georgian literary works were done from the atheist position.