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

Social Realism and Modernism – to Comprehension Victims and Weapons

Tamar Paichadze
Ivane Javakhisvili Tbilisi State University

Published 2023-12-11


  • Social realism,
  • modernism,
  • epoch,
  • totalitarianism,
  • literature


Disputes about the deliberate suppression and blocking of modernist art in the era of Soviet totalitarianism began in the late 1980s. From this time, the point of view emerged, according to which modernism was an "intellectual victim", but not of the totalitarian consciousness or era in general, but specifically of Stalinism – as the founder of the "repressive model". It was a synthetic and purposeful plan, which was neither started in the Stalinist era nor finished after it. It was a form of colonial "philosophy" in general, which took a maximalist form in physical manifestation, which meant violence against the text and the physical isolation of opponents.