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

Utopianism in Georgian Socialist Realism Literature

Mzia Jamagidze
Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature; Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani University

Published 2023-12-11


  • Utopianism,
  • futurism,
  • socialist realism,
  • georgian literature


The presented paper analyzes tendencies of Utopianism in the Akaki Belashvili and Demna Shengelaia`s texts written by the esthetics of socialist realism. Both selected writers were members of The Futuristic groups at the beginning of the 20th century, but later, they had to go on to socialist realism and created texts inspired by its esthetics. The famous cultural researcher Boris Groys mentioned that the fact the representatives of Avang-Garde in the Soviet space smoothly transmitted to the aesthetics of socialist realism, caused by the fact that both of them are filled with the utopian spirit and tried to construct a dream future here and now. We analyze how these tendencies are represented in the novels created according to the socialist realism esthetics by Demna Shenegelaia and Akaki Beliashvili.