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

„Romanticism in Socialist Realism“ (History of the Soviet Literary Studies)

Irine Modebadze
Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature

Published 2023-12-11


  • Socialist realism,
  • socialist romanticism,
  • theoretical controversy of the 70s


In 1950 and 60s, the tendency to expand the boundaries of the new esthetic paradigm intensified. In 1968, Alexei Ovcharenko's study "Socialist Realism and the Modern Literary Process" was published. The Soviet scientist substantiated the need to determine the differences between the concepts of "method" and "style", "romanticism" and "romance". One of the chapters of the monograph: "Romanticism in Soviet Literature" became the subject of a wide theoretical controversy in 1969-1970. This was of great importance for the development of Soviet literary criticism.

The article examines the views and arguments expressed by Soviet scientists in the worldview paradigm and general cultural context of that period.